As you probably know I have been involved with Special Olympics for the last 15 years. The reason is straightforward. Way too often children and adults with intellectual disabilities are overlooked, marginalized and isolated in our communities.
Special Olympics goes a long way to rectifying that by providing an opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, developmental programs and health screenings. Just as importantly, for many of our athletes Special Olympics provides the only connection to the community at large. It’s where they make friends. As one of our athletes said, "before I joined Special Olympics I didn't know there were other people like me."
I think it's safe to say that for the vast majority of our athletes our programs end their isolation, build their self-esteem and have a profound impact on the quality of their lives and their families.
This is where you come in.
I am chairman of Special O’s biggest fundraiser of the year - The Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament. In fact, it’s one of only two public fundraisers and hence is extremely important to Special O’s ability to provide programs for kids as young as two. Obviously not everyone can participate in the golf tournament but we can all help and support by bidding in our online auction.
It only runs for a week and ends on Wednesday, June 28th. You can bid right through the evening when the auction closes. Not really different than if you were there, except you won’t have to hear me being a lame auctioneer.
Here’s some auction item samples …
100 oz silver bar, Tofino Storm Watch getaway for two, Google Pixel cellular phone, Aris hardtop Suv 11 inflatable stand-up paddle board, one week in a two bedroom guesthouse in Scottsdale, Arizona, a suite for a Vancouver Canucks game (vs. Calgary? Edmonton? Montreal? Or any other team), one night stay in a Jacuzzi Suite at the Raddison, Red Deere and so much more.
Warning: you will be bidding against me on lots of these items – why? Because Special O athletes and their families deserve our support.
Click here to go to the auction site - www.goldcorpinvitational.com
Thanks for reading this – and I hope you can find the time to help out. Just bid anytime – day or night right through the auction on June 28th (ending about 7:45 PDT)