Community

Auction raises $115,000 for Sudan relief efforts

A fundraising auction at McClary Stockyards in Abbotsford is one of three such annual events for the Foodgrains Bank. -
A fundraising auction at McClary Stockyards in Abbotsford is one of three such annual events for the Foodgrains Bank.
— image credit:

The recent Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford raised more than $115,000 for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

The annual fundraising auction is organized by volunteers, and has raised more than $1 million in the last decade.

“It’s quite the event. We have strong support from the community, and people generously donate cattle and other items to be auctioned off,” said Clarence Tuin, who, together with his wife Jenny, serves as voluntary coordinator for Canadian Foodgrains Bank in B.C.

McClary Stockyard in Abbotsford hosts the auction free of charge. Items up for grabs are varied and include floral bouquets, kayaks, food products, fishing trips and beef and dairy animals.

David McClary, who owns the yard with his mom Sheila and brother Jono, served as auctioneer for the six-hour event, held on March 24.

This year, the biggest selling item was a hockey jersey from Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks. A pair of brothers bought the item for $1,450.

Funds raised at this year’s sale will be used to help people in Sudan, where many people struggle with basic needs, including access to long-term food sources.

The Make a Difference Sale is one of three annual auctions held for the Foodgrains Bank. The other two are held in Ponaka, Alta. and Osler, Sask.

For more information, visit foodgrainsbank.ca.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Flu season may be early this year
 
PHOTO: ACS auction raises funds
 
Bradner Flower show underway in Abbotsford
COUNCIL: Siemens, Ross
 
COUNCIL: Stewart, Tina
 
COUNCIL: Wuschke, Ken
Officers celebrated for their service to community in Agassiz
 
Fraser Health scales down mobile flu shot clinics
 
Youth Fest

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 29 edition online now. Browse the archives.