For 20+ years KidSport has been helping underprivileged kids participate
in organized sports, changing the lives of thousands of children across
Canada, like Olympian Richard Hortness
VANCOUVER, Sept. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and
TSX: RBA), the world's largest industrial auctioneer, will host its
fifth annual Corporate Kids Challenge to benefit KidSport BC™ on
Saturday, September 13, 2014. For more than 20 years, KidSport has been
raising money to help underprivileged kids participate in organized
sports; changing thousands of lives in the process. In 2013, KidSport
provided funding for 6,700+ kids in B.C., a number they hope to top
again this year with the help of Ritchie Bros. and other corporate
sponsors involved in the Corporate Kids Challenge. The event features
corporate teams facing off in old-school sports day type challenges and
wraps up with an evening charity auction. Online bidding in the auction
is open to the public—items include vacation packages, sports tickets
and more. Members of the public can register to bid in the auction at www.rbauction.com.
"This is super fun event that has been getting better every year, but
the most important thing about it is the number of kids it helps get
back in the game," said Pete Quevillon, Director, KidSport BC™. "Over
the past four years the Corporate Kids Challenge event has raised more
than $1.8 million, including donations from the Province of B.C., which
has made a huge difference in the lives of thousands of children. This
is the single biggest fundraiser we have all year and Ritchie Bros. has
been a great partner in putting it together."
The Corporate Kids Challenge teams up Olympic athletes and local
celebrities with corporate teams from the Greater Vancouver area. Some
of this year's participants include Tommy Europe, former CFL all-star
and TV show host; Angus Reid, former CFL all-star and promotional
speaker; Kelsey Serwa, Olympic freestyle skier and Sochi 2014 silver
medalist; and John Herdman, coach of the Canadian women's national
One of last year's attendees was Richard Hortness, a two-time Canadian
Olympian in men's swimming and former recipient of KidSport funding.
"When I was younger and had just started swimming competitively and
seeing some success, I was told by my parents 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 love," said Richard. "I attended the
Ritchie Bros. Corporate Kids Challenge last year. It was a ton of fun,
but it's more than that for me. This is chance for me to give back to
an organization that has given me so much."
And it isn't just the children who benefit from KidSport, it also helps
provide great relief for parents. Pamela Phillip is a Greater Vancouver
resident who struggled financially as a young divorced mother. While
raising her son Marc, who lives with Asperger's syndrome, Pamela worked
full-time and still couldn't make ends meet. She was having a tough
time but was too proud to admit it. She's still not sure how they knew
about her struggles, but KidSport and a few others stepped up to help.
KidSport got Marc a new bike and helmet.
"KidSport didn't want to just give Marc the bike, they wanted him to
feel like he earned it, so when he was being awarded for something
great he did in school they presented him the bike. He was so happy,"
said Pamela. "Marc wasn't a happy, smiley kid, but on that day he was
smiling ear to ear and he just rode and rode. I was crying with
happiness. People don't understand that when you are down on your luck
and don't know how you are going to pay for food or fill the car with
gas…you start to think nobody cares. That bike made me realize people
How can you help the Corporate Kids Challenge and KidSport?
Make a donation - contact Megumi Mizuno at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1.778.331.5252
Participate live in the online charity auction - it's free to register,
visit www.rbauction.com for more info
Ritchie Bros. is the host and main sponsor of the Corporate Kids
Challenge. Other sponsors include Hilton Vancouver Metrotown,
Westminster Savings Credit Union, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PwC, Symantec,
Heritage, Triple O's, Unity Telecom, WPCG Consulting, Bell, Samsung,
ViaSport, Burnaby Firefighters, RBC Capital Markets, Raymond James Ltd.
"Ritchie Bros. was founded in B.C. and, while we now have operations in
25 countries around the world, our roots are planted here, so we are
very proud to support B.C. kids getting involved in sport," said Bob
Armstrong, Chief Strategic Development Officer, Ritchie Bros.
Auctioneers. "Sport is such an integral part of growing up. It helps
build self-esteem and self-confidence and keeps our kids healthy."
For more information about the Corporate Kids Challenge visit www.rbauction.com/kidschallenge. For more info about KidSport visit http://www.kidsportcanada.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 EquipmentOneTM secure 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.
ATTENTION MEDIA: Photos and video are available for use at https://www.rbauction.com/kidschallenge. Members of the public and the media can follow KidSport BC on Twitter
SOURCE: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
For further information:
Ian Malinski, Corporate Communications Lead, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Phone: +1.778.331.5432 | Email: CorpComm@rbauction.com