VICTORIA – Starting Tuesday, September 27, and running until Saturday, October 8, the UVic Vikes women’s basketball program is running the Vikes Championship Auction, an online charity auction with the money raised being used to support the student-athlete scholarship fund and to provide support for the team’s student athletes.

Using the GoBid charity auction website platform, this auction promises to give you an exciting and unique shopping experience.

There are over 130 auction packages with a combined face value of almost $35,000, featuring overnight stays in some of Victoria’s finest hotels, meals in many of the city’s best restaurants, golf outings at several of Vancouver Island’s most competitive golf courses and tickets to local events and tourist attractions around the province.

You will also find special auction packages offering driving lesson packages to complete the Class 5 license requirements, the preparation of spousal wills for the protection of your family, autographed sports memorabilia from superstar Pittsburgh Penguin and Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby, NBA Hall-of-Famer Jerry West, Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman, Canadian golfing legend and Masters champion Mike Weir and former Vancouver Canuck Ryan Kesler along with trips to watch the B. C. Lions football team and the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team.

Why should you support this fundraising endeavor?  The former U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who competed in basketball while attending Harvard, recently stated, “I’m a big believer in the value of college sports because I can think of no other institution, apart from the military, that does as much to change our future leaders as intercollegiate athletics.”  You have a chance to make a similar positive impact on the development of this region’s next crop of leaders by supporting their athletic and their academic careers with your support of this event.

To begin bidding, follow these easy steps:

1.  Go to the auction website
2.  Click on the heading “Auctions” at the top of the page
3.  Click on “Upcoming Auctions” on the right side of the page to reach the UVic auctions postings 
4.  When bidding starts, click on “Active Auctions” and register for a bidding account

Now that bidding is open, you can register for an account at the GoBid website so you are able to bid on the items of your choice.  The highest bid received for each package as of the closing time of October 8 at midnight wins the package and then the winner gets to set off an adventure of a lifetime.