Timeraiser is returning to Vancouver this month at the Waldorf Hotel. This event is a silent auction but instead of bidding with money, you bid with the number of volunteer hours you are willing to contribute in order to win your desired piece. It combines a local art showcase with a volunteer-hour fundraiser, a complete win/win.
When Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 7:00pm (doors)
Where The Waldorf Hotel (1489 East Hastings)
What A silent art auction supporting local Vancouver artists. Bid on art with a pledge of time to a local charity.
It’s also a great time to learn more about local non-profit organizations as many will be on-site including:
Alzheimer Society of BC
Beauty Night Society
Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland
Canadian Cancer Society
Canadian Paraplegic Association
Canucks Autism Network
Compassionate Eye Foundation
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
MS Society of Canada BC & Yukon Division
North Shore ConneXions Society
Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation
The Environmental Youth Alliance
TRAC Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre
Urban Ink Productions
Urban Native Youth Association
Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition
Vancouver Laughter Mission Society
W2 Community Media Arts Society
Wildlife Rescue Association
Women Against Violence Against Women
Young Naturalists’ Club of BC
The goal is to raise 4,000 volunteer hours, which can be achieved if each participant pledges around 20 hours over the next 12 months. Tickets for Timeraiser Vancouver are just $20.
Timeraiser also takes place in Edmonton (October 15th), Hamilton (November 3rd), and Ottawa (November 19th) all in support of local artists and organizations. To date, Timeraiser has hosted 28 events across Canada, generated 93,000 volunteer hours, invested $495,890 in the careers of emerging artists, supported 383 charities and encouraged 6,043 Canadians to connect with the causes they care about.
WestJet is a nation-wide partner of the Timeraiser events and at each event, you can enter to win two return tickets for any WestJet destination. Last year they partnered with Miss604.com in Vancouver (exclusively) to offer the same opportunity to one of my readers. I’m very happy to announce that we have renewed our partnership for 2011 and I am once again offering a return trip for two to anywhere WestJet flies (value $4,604).
The official rules and regulations can be found in this document. Residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) who are of the age of majority are eligible*. Contest start date is September 6, 2011 and the last day to enter is September 16, 2011. At that time, entries will be reviewed by Timeraiser staff and I. We will select our top ten entries and fom that group of ten, one winning entry will be drawn at random.
How to Enter
Last year we asked about your personal experience with volunteering and we’d like to do the same again this year but expand the parameters a little. You can leave a comment here saying how you have volunteered in the past (and what it’s meant to you) or how you have seen a volunteer in action – how they have impacted someone else’s life or your own.
If you would like to spread the word, you can post the following on Twitter (please note, there are no Twitter entries for the contest).
All valid comments on this post will be entered in the contest. Please keep entries under 200 words. We will announce the winner Monday, September 19, 2011.
Update September 19, 2011: I would first like to thank everyone who submitted an entry into this contest. The stories of how the participants have volunteered or have seen volunteerism in action were moving, to say the least. Second, thank you to everyone who shared the contest. We had over 140 tweets and it wasn’t even a Twitter-entry contest.
Finally, after narrowing down the our lists, Timeraiser organizers and I drew a winner at random from the finalists. The winner is…. Angie Rai! Angie has been contacted and will soon be on her way to the WestJet destination of her choice. Thank you all for your participation and be sure to get your tickets for Timeraiser in Vancouver and in other Canadian cities this fall.