The Rotary Club of Swindon is raising money for seven local, national and international charities through an online auction hosted by the website JumbleBee, starting at 2pm on Thursday 5th November until 2pm on Saturday 21st November.
The Club’s Vice President, Sue Frawley, told us: “We are very excited about this ‘virtual’ fundraising event and have been delighted by the response to our request for auction lots. We now have more than 120 fantastic items on offer and are grateful to all those who have made donations, as this one big event will be raising much-needed funds for seven local, national and overseas charities.
“Anyone visiting www.jumblebee.co.uk/rotaryclubofswindononlineauction to preview the lots will see a wonderful display – everything from unforgettable experiences, amazing artworks and sports memorabilia, to pre-loved prized possessions and new items that make perfect Christmas presents. Our showstopper is a stunning Longines diamond watch donated by Deacon & Sons.
“For collectors there are original paintings, limited edition prints and framed shirts signed by Don Rogers and John Trollope, plus other items for cricket and rugby fans. For thrill seekers there are private pleasure flights, a helicopter ride, and a pillion ride on the all-electric Zero superbike. You can also have a go at clay shooting; play 4-ball golf; enjoy a morning on the gallops with Alan King Racing; or afternoon tea at Westminster with South Swindon MP, Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC. A host of local pubs and restaurants have donated gift vouchers for meals out. And those who prefer to stay in can choose from a variety of fabulous hampers and cases of fine wines. In fact, there’s lots for everyone.
“Once registered on the Jumblebee website you can place bids, opting to receive notifications by email or text alerts. The auction ends at 2pm on 21st November and winners will receive payment details and must collect their lots from locations in Swindon by Saturday 28th November.
“The proceeds will be shared between Brighter Futures (for Swindon’s Great Western Hospital’s A&E department); Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service; Swindon Open Door; Kids Out; End Polio Now; Edu Fun SA at Diepsloot Combined School in Johannesburg; and Action Through Enterprise (ATE Ghana); whilst 10% of monies will also go to other Rotary charities.
“We usually raise money for all the charities we support through a series of social events, which has proved impossible this year, so we’re calling upon Swindonians to shop early for Christmas and have fun bidding for some fabulous items into the bargain!”
To preview the lots and register on Jumblebee ready to bid from 2pm on 5th November, logon to www.jumblebee.co.uk/rotaryclubofswindononlineauction or click the link on Rotary Club of Swindon’s website or Facebook page.