Amherst Rotary Club prepares for 58th annual radio and TV auction
© Darrell Cole – Amherst Daily News
Amherst Rotary Club members Walter Rayworth (left) and Brian Trenholm are joined by Kevin Soehner of Canadian Tire in showing off just a few of the items up for grabs in the club’s 58th annual radio and TV auction on May. Registration and bidding has already begun at www.amherstrotaryauction.com. The auction will be simulcast on Eastlink Television and 107.9 Tantramar Community Radio on Monday from 3 to 9 p.m.
AMHERST – Over 58 years the Amherst Rotary Club has raised more than $380,000 through its annual radio and TV auction.
The club will again take to the airways on Monday as it takes bids on merchandise donated by local merchants and individuals.
“The auction is one of our largest and most successful fundraisers,” auction committee member Walter Rayworth said. “It supports a number of community activities, most significantly Camp Tidnish. The camp offers a summer camping experience to youth and adults with physical and mental challenges.”
Proceeds from the auction also support the Rotary Centennial Park on Willow Street, providing transportation for students at the Amherst Pre-School and other community projects as well as scholarships at ARHS and international projects.
Bidding is already underway at www.amherstrotaryauction.com and will continue until the items are sold on Monday. Rayworth said people can go to the website and register. After that, they can bid on all the items included in the auction and will receive notification by email if their bid has been bested or if they were the successful purchaser.
As well, the auction will have proxy bidding enabled in which a participant can input their maximum bid on each item. Once their initial bid is surpassed, the computer will automatically increase the bid in $5 increments until the maximum bid has been reached.
Those interested in bidding, but don’t have a computer or don’t know to register or participate, can call 660-3096. Rotarians will be on hand to answer the telephones and help people register and submit bids.
The auction is being simulcast on Eastlink and on CFTA Tantramar Community Radio 107.9 between 3 and 9 p.m.
More than $48,000 in merchandise is up for grabs in various categories including education, automotive, clothing, food and drink, gifts and jewelry, health and beauty, home-garden-furnishings and miscellaneous.
Other categories include music and entertainment, pets, sports and leisure, salt of the earth and services.
Some of the larger items include a travel certificate from Via Rail for a trip from Amherst to Toronto, valued at $1,826. There’s also an opportunity for a trip for four to climb a Sprott Power wind turbine, valued at $1,000.
Other big items include a six-month Fibre-Op bundle of services from Bell Aliant and valued at $1,009, precast concrete steps from Dowe Concrete and valued at $862.