Help kids get in the game! Ritchie Bros. to conduct online charity auction for KidSport BC on September 10

Funds raised help underprivileged children in BC participate in organized sports

VANCOUVER, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - On Saturday, September 10, 2011, Burnaby-based Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA), the world's largest industrial auctioneer, will host the 2nd Annual Corporate Kids Challenge and online charity auction benefiting KidSport BC™. Among the donated auction items: sports experiences, trips and other unique events. Anyone can bid online at www.rbauction.com and all proceeds go to support KidSport BC™, which helps underprivileged children participate in organized sports.

"The support provided by Ritchie Bros. through the 2010 Corporate Kids Challenge enabled over 800 children the opportunity to play a season of sport," says Pete Quevillon, Director, KidSport BC™. "This level of support from the corporate community through a one day event is unprecedented for KidSport and has contributed to a significantly increased level of awareness of KidSport in the community."

As with every Ritchie Bros. auction, this online charity auction is open to the public and unreserved. Every item will be sold to the highest bidder on auction day—regardless of price—with no minimum bids or reserve prices. Registration to bid is free. Phone Ritchie Bros. at 1.800.211.3983 to register.

Auction items being sold as part of this year's Corporate Kids Challenge fundraising efforts include:

  • 7 night all-inclusive stay at the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya. Includes return airfare from Vancouver to Cancun and all meals and beverages. Taxes included.
  • Vancouver Canucks game in a 14 person suite at Rogers Arena on Sept. 25th 2011. Plus a Vancouver Canucks jersey for each attendee!
  • Behind the Scenes tour of CTV
  • Trip for 2 to Banff on the Rocky Mountaineer. Travel in Gold Leaf service experiencing the scenery of the Canadian Rockies.
  • Vancouver Giants Birthday experience for 14 people. Watch the game in the Jack the Giants Birthday Zone. Includes hot dogs, chips, soft drinks, Marble Slab Birthday cake. Face painting and an opportunity to meet Jack the Giant and a Giants player!
  • 3 day Pacific Salmon Fishing Trip for 2 at Warm Springs Resort on Stuart Island, BC. Guided fishing tour, equipment, accommodation and meals included. Donated by Dave Ritchie, co-founder of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.

How to register:
Register to bid in the online charity auction by contacting Ritchie Bros. customer service at 1.800.211.3983. All proceeds go directly to KidSport BC™.

In addition to the charity auction, co-ed corporate teams from the greater Vancouver area will compete in various sports activities such as tug of war, a three-legged race and an obstacle course at Ritchie Bros.' international headquarters in Burnaby, BC. Last year's Corporate Kids Challenge and charity auction raised more than CA$270,000, including a CA$100,000 contribution made by the Province of British Columbia.

For more information (and to see photos from the 2010 Corporate Kids Challenge) visit www.rbauction.com/kidschallenge.

About KidSport™
KidSport™ is a community-based sports funding program that provides grants for financially disadvantaged children ages 6 to 18 to participate in amateur sport and learn valuable life lessons and skills. The organization operates 175 chapters across Canada, 39 of which are based British Columbia. For more information about KidSport™ and how you can help in your community, please visit www.kidsport.ca.

About Ritchie Bros.
Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is the world's largest industrial auctioneer, selling more equipment to on-site and online bidders than any other company in the world. Ritchie Bros. offers services that enable the world's builders to easily and confidently exchange equipment. The Company conducts hundreds of unreserved public auctions each year, selling a broad range of used and unused equipment, trucks and other assets utilized in the construction, transportation, agricultural, material handling, mining, forestry, petroleum and marine industries. Ritchie Bros. has over 110 locations in more than 25 countries, including 43 auction sites worldwide. The Company maintains a web site at www.rbauction.com and sponsors an equipment wiki at www.RitchieWiki.com

ATTENTION MEDIA: Photos from the 2010 Corporate Kids Challenge are available for download and use at http://www.rbauction.com/kidschallenge

Members of the public and the media can follow Ritchie Bros. on Twitter @RitchieBros.


SOURCE Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

For further information:

Vicki Cunningham, Supervisor, Corporate Communications, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Phone: +1.778.331.5464 or email vcunningham@rbauction.com


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