Celebrity Auctions Week on bidorbuy

(22 June 2009) South Africa’s online auction site and market place opens its portal tomorrow for the charity fund-raising event of the year. Some of the best-known South African personalities are donating their time for the benefit of the charity they are endorsing:

  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu;
  • Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius;
  • Freshly Ground singer Zolan;
  • Singer Steve Hofmeyr;
  • Edith Venter, socialite and business woman
  • Evita, world-renown entertainer...
  • ...and her alter ego, the actor Pieter Dirk Uys,
  • artist Cornelius Bosch;
  • Weakest Link SA host Fiona Coyne;
  • Beauty queen and business woman Annie Malan;
  • TV show host Leanne Manas;
  • Mike Schussler, world-renowned economist;
  • Comedian Barry Hilton;
  • Actress Lillian Dube;
  • Basetsana Kumalo, beauty queen and business woman;
  • Singer Elana Afrika;
  • Radio DJ Fresh;
  • Presenter, actor and MC Graeme Richards;
  • Metro FM's Lupi Ngcayisa;
  • Nigel Pierce from Good Hope FM;
  • Politician Patricia De Lille;
  • Actor Leon Schuster.

This impressive list shows that South Africa has generous celebrities who are ready to donate their time and allow their popularity to be used for worthy causes, says bidorbuy Managing Director Andy Higgins.  “We are delighted to be in a position to help raise funds for charities”, he ads. ““We trust that this initiative will bring out the philanthropic side of the 370,000-strong bidorbuy community.”

The celebrities for charities auctions on bidorbuy open on Tuesday 23 June and close on Tuesday 30 June. During this week, bidders will have a chance to compete for the privilege of spending some time in the company of their favourite celebrity – and help raise money for several charities in the process.

The participating charities include IkamvaYouth, an organisation whose aim is to provide disadvantaged secondary school learners with skills; Matla a Bana, an organization dedicated to erasing child abuse; and South African Anxiety and Depression Group, Africa’s largest mental health support and advocacy group. Since the celebrities for charities auctions are an open event, more charities and celebrities may join the party.

These auctions are also a chance for companies to treat their most distinguished employees or business partners to a “meet-and-greet” with one of these celebrities and to show that they care about improving the lot of those who need help most, says Higgins.

Everyone can bid in the celebrities for charities auctions. If you are new to bidorbuy, you need to complete a short registration process on www.bidorbuy.co.za - and you are ready to bid for one of those prizes that money can not buy. All celebrities for charities auctions are listed on a specially created page, Celebrities for Charities, accessible from the home page of the site.

About bidorbuy

bidorbuy is South Africa's largest online marketplace. Established in 1999, the company has created a safe and convenient way for people to buy and sell goods online. As a virtual trading place that brings buyers and sellers together and allows them to buy and sell virtually anything at a fixed price or in an exciting auction format, bidorbuy has created a thriving online marketplace.