Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (Habitat VIN) is grateful to the community for supporting their fundraising efforts like never before. Last year, Habitat VIN’s first #BidtoBuild Online Auction raised $25,000. This year’s auction closed at $40,000, but one of the winning bidders generously stepped up to donate an additional $5,000, raising a total of $45,000.

“We are humbled by the community’s outpouring of support. We want to thank every sponsor, donor, bidder, and volunteer who enabled Bid to Build 2021 to raise more money than any prior fundraising event we’ve held,” said Pat McKenna, Habitat VIN’s executive director.

Funds raised will support Habitat VIN’s two upcoming projects: 12 homes on 1375 Piercy Avenue in Courtenay and 20 homes on 461 Hilchey Road in Campbell River. While volunteer labour and gift-in-kind donations from contractors and supply companies help to alleviate the cost of building Habitat homes, the organization still has to buy land, hire certified trade workers, and pay for building supplies.

The non-profit was assisted in their fundraising efforts by presenting sponsors Temprite Climate Solutions and Cloutier Matthews Chartered Professional Accountants; media sponsors the Campbell River Mirror, Comox Valley Record, and 97.3 The Eagle; and supporting partners The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, Campbell River Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Courtenay BIA, Downtown Comox BIA, Downtown Campbell River BIA, and Cumberland Business Association.170 businesses and individuals donated items to be bid on.

This year’s auction included a draw for every bidder who used the ‘buy-it-now’ button, set at double the item’s established value, to win a secret prize. The lucky winner received a package that includes a photoshoot with McKinnon Photography and a luxury picnic with Jam & Co. Luxury Picnics.

Cady Corman

Director of Communications, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North