Port Lincoln Rotary Club brings back online auction

AUCTION: Glenn Karutz, Megan Phillips-DuBois and Tony Thorpe with some of the items being sold in the Rotary Club of Port Lincoln auction. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
AUCTION: Glenn Karutz, Megan Phillips-DuBois and Tony Thorpe with some of the items being sold in the Rotary Club of Port Lincoln auction. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

Rotary Club of Port Lincoln is holding another online charity auction with double the items and double the fundraising target, and is inviting the community to bid and help with its community projects.

The local Rotary Club is active with fundraising in Port Lincoln, whether it is with sausage sizzles or assisting with community events to support projects and groups within the community, however COVID-19 had caused many fundraising efforts to be cancelled in the past year.

However Rotarian Megan Phillips-DuBois suggested an online auction as a new, COVID-safe way to raise money which proved a success, raising more than $5000.

"The 2020 Facebook auction was really well supported straight away and with the help of the Rotarians, their families and local businesses we have over 90 interesting items," Ms Phillips-DuBois said.

"Small local businesses who are doing it particularly tough at the moment were first to put their hands up to donate and we really thank them."

The auction returns with even more items, raising money for the Rotary Club's major fundraiser this year, which is the upgrade of facilities at Bedford Industries in Port Lincoln.

Ms Phillips-DuBois said higher-end items in the auction included an wooden Australian map from Rhapsody In Wood, a Husqvarna LC19 push mower from Eyre Trading and a TECO 2.5kw reverse cycle split system air conditioner from Betta Home Living.

She said there were other smaller items people could bid on as well.

"We have all kinds of vouchers, trailer loads of wood, sashimi tuna, oysters, prawns, car detailing, wheel alignments, art, food, wine and plants just to name a few," she said.

"Even some beautiful homemade jams, pasties, pies and biscuits from renowned home cooks around the district.

"We're really looking forward to seeing what some of these delicious items will go for and thank all donors of our auction items for their generosity."

The auction will begin on the Rotary Club of Port Lincoln's Facebook page on August 1 and will go for two weeks, ending August 15.

People can leave their bids in the comments section on Facebook and whoever has the highest bid at the close of auction is the winner.

Local companies who have provided items for the auction include Rhapsody In Wood, Eyre Trading, Betta Home Living, Intersport Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Dental Clinic, Lincoln Rural, Forbes Furniture, Nick's Carpet Court and Coast and Country.

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