Includes a $400,000 contribution by the Province of BC, which was
presented to KidSport BC by BC Liberal MLA Michelle Stilwell
VANCOUVER, Sept. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - On September 14, 2013, Ritchie Bros.
Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA) hosted the 4th annual Corporate Kids Challenge and raised more than CA$530,000 for
KidSport BC™, a community-based sports funding program that provides
grants for financially disadvantaged children to participate in amateur
sport. As part of the event, Ritchie Bros. welcomed Olympic athletes,
local celebrities and corporate teams to participate in a series of
sports day challenges. The opening ceremonies for the event included a
presentation from Michelle Stilwell, BC Liberal MLA for
Parksville-Qualicum, Corporate Kids Challenge athlete and five-time
Canadian Paralympic medal winner in women's basketball and women's
athletics, on behalf of the Province of British Columbia, where she
presented a cheque for CA$400,000 to KidSport BC.
"We are here today to celebrate 20 amazing years of KidSport," said
Michelle Stilwell. "Sport creates so many opportunities for us to learn
about teamwork, camaraderie and fair play—it helps make us stronger
citizens and builds stronger communities. So I am excited to announce,
as a representative for the minister of sport, Coralee Oakes, that the
government of BC is donating $400,000 to KidSport BC. This is a
commitment to BC's future and BC's families."
The Corporate Kids Challenge teamed up Olympic athletes and local
celebrities with 20 corporate teams from the Greater Vancouver area.
After facing off in a series of sports day challenges, including tug of
war, as well as hockey, soccer and basketball challenges, and an
obstacle course set up by the Burnaby Fire Department, Marsh/ACE were
crowned this year's champion.
"For me this event is very important because it gives me the chance to
give back to an organization that has given me so much," said Richard
Hortness, two-time Canadian Olympian in men's swimming and former
recipient of KidSport funding. "When I was younger and just started
swimming competitively and seeing some success, I was told by my
parents that we may not be able to afford it anymore. Thankfully we
found KidSport and they were able to help me continue to do something I
The evening concluded with a live charity auction featuring auction
items donated by local companies and members of the business community.
The unreserved auction took place on site at the event—held at Ritchie
Bros. head office in Burnaby, BC—where bids were made in person, live
online at www.rbauction.com and by proxy. Auction highlights included a 10-person boot camp session
with two-time CFL all-star defensive back and TV exercise show host
Tommy Europe, Vancouver Canucks gift packages, a deluxe fishing trip
vacation for two at Stuart Island, BC and much more. All proceeds from
the charity auction were donated to KidSport BC.
"Twenty years ago the staff and board of Sport BC had a vision of a
program like KidSport, but I don't think they could have imagined an
event like this today that raises so much money and helps so many kids
get in the game," said Pete Quevillon, Director, KidSport BC. "This
event—and all the people here today—will help about 500 kids play a
season of sport. It's a huge day and I thank you on behalf of
In the four years the event has been held, the Corporate Kids Challenge
has raised more than CA$1.8 million dollars for KidSport BC, making it
the biggest fundraiser for any KidSport chapter in all of Canada.
"I would like to say a big thank you to all the corporate teams who came
out to support this truly fun and important event," said Peter Blake,
Chief Executive Officer, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. "Ritchie Bros. has
operations around the world, but BC is our home base—it's where we were
born and bred—and we want to give back to our community. As soon as we
connected with KidSport BC in 2010 there was an instant connection and
every year we are so proud to host this event."
Ritchie Bros. plans to host the 5th Corporate Kids Challenge in September 2014.
Established in 1993 by Sport BC, KidSport™ is a community-based sports
funding program that provides grants for financially disadvantaged
children ages 18 and under to participate in amateur sport and learn
valuable life lessons and skills. The organization operates 177
chapters across Canada, 41 of which are based in British Columbia. For
more information about KidSport™ and how you can help in your
community, please visit www.kidsport.bc.ca.
About Ritchie Bros.
Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is the world's
largest seller of used equipment for the construction, transportation,
agriculture, material handling, energy, mining, forestry, marine and
other industries. Ritchie Bros.TM solutions make it easy for the world's builders to buy and sell
equipment with confidence, including live unreserved public auctions
with on-site and online bidding (rbauction.com), the EquipmentOneTMsecure online marketplace (EquipmentOne.com), a professional corporate asset management program, and a range of
value-added services, including equipment financing for customers
through Ritchie Bros. Financial Services (rbauctionfinance.com). Ritchie Bros. has operations in more than 25 countries, including 44
auction sites worldwide. Learn more at RitchieBros.com.
Members of the public and the media can follow Ritchie Bros. on Twitter @RitchieBros and KidSport BC™ @kidsport.
SOURCE: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers