$14,208 raised in Centenary online auction

Barcham 16 August 2013

Centenary of Canberra’s online auctions raised money for their official charities Dollars for Dili and Boundless Canberra.

I really would have liked the Skywhale ride which unsurprisingly turned out to be the most hotly contested item. It ended up going for $1,565 which is sadly is a bit beyond my means.

So congratulations to the winner, Tony Shields.

The Skywhale winning bidder, Tony Shields, said he was determined not to miss out on the opportunity to ride in Patricia Piccinini’s iconic work.

“The money is going to a good cause and I get to have a really unique experience, so it’s win-win really,” Tony said.

“I’m pretty fond of The Skywhale – I like her smile. I’ve only seen her in pictures, so I’m looking forward to getting to know her a bit better.”

Centenary of Canberra Executive Director Jeremy Lasek has thanked the Canberra businesses and individuals for their generosity.

“We were overwhelmed by the support of the 41 local businesses, government agencies and individuals that donated items, as well as the spirited bidding that took place,” Mr Lasek said.

“In addition to the Charity Auction, a further $8,000 was raised by the recent ACT Government trivia night, and we look forward to other opportunities to raise money and awareness for these very worthy causes.”

Dollars for Dili is helping to fund the construction of improved sanitation facilities in nominated Dili schools and the construction of an activity centre for Timor Leste Scouting.

The Boundless Canberra project is constructing a playground in the Parliamentary Zone that will be accessible to children of all ages and abilities—catering for those with vision, hearing and mobility impairments, as well as spectrum disorders.

The public is encouraged to donate directly to Dollars for Dili and Boundless. For more information, visit http://www.scouts.com.au/dili_donate.asp and http://www.boundlesscanberra.org.au/.

If you’d like to see what was offered and what it went for check out the press release here.

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