Including a $400,000 contribution by the Province of BC, which was
presented to KidSport BC by Burnaby North MLA Richard T. Lee
VANCOUVER, Sept. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - On September 13, 2014, Ritchie Bros.
Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA), the world's largest industrial
auctioneer, hosted its fifth annual Corporate Kids Challenge and raised
more than $600,000 for KidSport BC™, a community-based sports funding
program that provides grants for financially disadvantaged children to
participate in amateur sport. To-date, the Corporate Kids Challenge has
raised more than $2.4 million for KidSport BC, including donations from
the Province of B.C. For the event, Ritchie Bros. welcomed Olympic
athletes, local celebrities and corporate teams to participate in a
series of sports day challenges and capped off the event with a live
and silent charity auction. Attending on behalf of the Province of
B.C., Burnaby North MLA Richard T. Lee presented a $400,000 donation to
KidSport BC at the event.
"When it comes to sport, every kid should have the opportunity to play,"
said MLA Richard T. Lee. "Whether it's hockey, soccer, swimming or
gymnastics, the benefits a child gains from participating in sport are
so essential. Besides being great for our health, sport teaches a child
about the value of teamwork, the importance of striving for excellence
and, the rewards of discipline and determination. These qualities
instilled in a child set the foundation for success in life and
ultimately lead to building a stronger and more prosperous province for
For more than 20 years, KidSport has been raising money to help
financially disadvantaged 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 this year
with the help of the money raised by this year's Corporate Kids
"This is the single best corporate fundraising event you will ever
attend—it's a bold statement, but I guarantee you it's true," said Pete
Quevillon, Director of KidSport BC, to the crowd of participants at
this year's Corporate Kids Challenge. "This event is for all the boys
and girls who wouldn't get a chance to play if it weren't for the
generous donations made by the Province of B.C., Ritchie Bros. and all
of the other company sponsors here today. On behalf of all our KidSport
kids, thank you."
The full-day charity event teamed up Olympic athletes and local
celebrities with corporate teams from the Greater Vancouver area. After
facing off in a series of sports day challenges, PwC were crowned this
year's champion. Among the athletes and local celebrities were Tommy
Europe, former CFL all-star and TV show host; Angus Reid, former CFL
all-star and a regular on TSN 1040 radio and Global TV; Maëlle Ricker,
Olympic snowboarder and Vancouver 2010 gold medalist; Victor Kraatz,
National and World Champion and three-time Olympian for ice dancing;
and Kelsey Serwa, Olympic freestyle skier and Sochi 2014 silver
"I've been participating in the Ritchie Bros. Corporate Kids Challenge
for the last two years. It's a great event and fun opportunity for us
athletes to come out and support something that is near and dear to our
hearts," said Kelsey Serwa. "Sport has been such an important part of
developing me into the person I am today. When I was a kid I
participated in basically every sport that I could—it has taught me how
to set goals, dream big and the importance of determination and hard
Ritchie Bros. was the host and main sponsor of the event. Other sponsors
included Westminster Savings Credit Union, who made a $60,000 donation
at the event, as well as Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, Ernst & Young,
KPMG, PwC, Symantec, Heritage, Triple O's, Unity Telecom, WPCG
Consulting, Bell, Samsung, ViaSport, Burnaby Firefighters, RBC Capital
Markets, Raymond James Ltd. and more.
"In our goal to help the community, our two favourite areas to sponsor
are youth amateur athletics and youth leadership development and
there's nothing more fitting with those two areas than KidSport," said
Bob Armstrong, Chief Strategic Development Officer, Ritchie Bros.
Auctioneers. "KidSport helps ensure every child has a chance to get on
the field and play. We love hosting this event and I would like to
thank all the sponsors, participants and volunteers for helping make
this such a huge success."
Ritchie Bros. plans to host the sixth Corporate Kids Challenge in
September 2015. Learn more about the event and how you can help at https://www.rbauction.com/kidschallenge.
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 178
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 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 @KidSportBC.
SOURCE: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
For further information:
Ian Malinski, Corporate Communications Lead, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Phone: +1.778.331.5432 | Email: CorpComm@rbauction.com