The Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect us all, but I am becoming increasingly aware of the hunger crisis that South African families and children are facing. Residents of Constantia – a neighbourhood very close to my heart and just 5km from my home – has responded to the need to feed 4 000 people DAILY with a unique fundraising auction. And I am very excited by some of the auction lots available!
Hosting an auction is a fun way to raise money. If you have ever read the lavish descriptions in an auction catalogue and listened to the fast-paced patter of an auctioneer, you will know the feeling of excitement that rises as the bidding heats up and the amounts increase.
Constantia CAN is combining online bidding with a LIVE event on 1st October. Hosted by Juliet Harding of GoodLuck, with musical performances and interactive auctioneer-led bidding, it promises to be an entertaining and climatic evening. The goal is to raise funds through the 100 auction lots, and they are aiming for a much-needed R1 million!
Constantia CAN needs funds to continue feeding the increasing number of children and families who rely on them. Launched in April as a rapid response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Constantia CAN now feeds 4 000 people daily – mainly children – from 22 soup kitchens: 19 in Khayelitsha, plus Retreat, Steenberg and Westlake. (These three kitchens are so close to my home, I could walk there.)
In addition, 50-100 food parcels are delivered weekly to families identified as most in need. These parcels provide a more dignified form of support to adults, less keen to join the growing queues at the soup kitchens. Every day, the numbers are increasing, the queues are getting longer: the hunger crisis is growing.
When I heard about the amazing work this charity is doing – from its tireless fundraisers to the amazing ‘Mamas’ who run the soup kitchens – I was keen to scour the auction and look for interesting lots I could bid on for myself and my family. I was not disappointed!!
Some of the highlights for me include:
A Harley-Davidson® XG750A, Street Rod® – that’s right, Harley-Davidson Cape Town donated a motorbike worth R120,000 to be auctioned to one very lucky bidder!! Now, I can just imagine myself roaring down the M3 on this beauty…!
The Health+Beauty category has some real gems, including teeth-whitening, skin care, massages, gym trainers, and IV drip treatments.
Ellerman House is where the film stars stay when they are in Cape Town, and I have always fancied a night in one of their deluxe rooms. The dream could be a reality with a cheeky low bid on this lot!
This is definitely a unique auction. The 100 lots have been categorised into Experiences, Health & Beauty, Luxury Goods, Travel, Wine + Dine, as well as Art. Over 40 artists have donated original work, including this stunning canvas from artist Aurora Marcopoulos.
The beauty of a charity auction is that every penny goes to a good cause and there are no hidden surprises for the bidder. The hammer price is your purchase price. There is 0% commission, 0% fees and no VAT payable. So you can expect some great deals on otherwise unattainable items.
Bids can be placed via Zoom chat or on our auction website. Take a look for yourself: https://constantiacan.clickauction.co.za
Sign up for the live Zoom event with Juliet Harding of GoodLuck tonight at 8pm on Thursday 1st October.
Register to watch on Zoom: http://bit.ly/ConstantiaCAN-1Oct
The event takes place TONIGHT @ 8pm as our Auction Against Hunger goes LIVE!
Streaming from the GoodLuck studios with Juliet Harding, plus performances from Danielle Bitton, Benji Fisher and GoodLuck, hilarious auctioneer Joey Burke will bring 15-20 lots to a climatic close!
Let’s unite the CAN network tonight, and come together to enjoy the show and to raise much needed funds. We are aiming to raise R1 million tonight!
And if you don’t like an auction and just want to support them, donate here.
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