May 07, 2024

Habitat's #BidtoBuild Online Auction Returns with Exclusive Items, Experiences, and Escapes

Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North is excited to announce the fifth annual #BidtoBuild Online Auction, aimed at raising funds to construct safe and affordable homes for local families in need.

From June 10th to 19th, you can participate in virtual bidding on over 150 items, including West Jet Gift of Flight, Air North Flight, gift cards, experiences, and getaways generously donated by local businesses and professionals.

Proceeds from #BidtoBuild2024 will support upfront development costs for Habitat's upcoming project at 461 Hilchey Road in Campbell River, as well as refurbishments for previous Habitat homeowners' homes, enabling the organization to serve more families in Vancouver Island North.

Register Early

If you register before the June 10th launch, you'll be entered into a draw to win two adult weekend passes to the Vancouver Island MusicFest. It's our way of saying thank you for supporting our mission to build homes and change lives.

2023 Early Bird BidtoBuild Winner Lydia Neville accepting two weekend passes from Jeff West, Habitat Executive Director

About BidtoBuild

Since its inception in 2020, #BidtoBuild has been a beacon of hope, raising much-needed funds, especially during the challenges of the pandemic. Last year alone, we raised an incredible $36,000, thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

As we look ahead, we're excited to continue our journey of impact. With the completion of our 12-home project on 1375 Piercy Avenue in Courtenay, we've seen firsthand the transformative power of community and collaboration.

“The success of our "Bid to Build" auction is due solely to the generosity of our local community business owners and individuals who have stepped up. Their participation by donating items and sponsoring our efforts helps our mission to build safe, affordable homes; we are immensely grateful for that support to make this event a success.” - Stefano Tromba, Director of Fundraising and Communications

This year we're honoured to have Brando Construction as our presenting sponsor, demonstrating their commitment to supporting affordable housing in our community!

Brando Construction, BidtoBuild 2024 Presenting Sponsor

Buy-it-now Contest


Brian McLean and Tyee Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. have generously stepped up once again as our 'buy-it-now' sponsor, encouraging especially generous bidders. The 'buy-it-now' price for each item will be set at double its established value. Those who opt for the 'buy-it-now' feature will not only receive a tax receipt for the amount above the established value but also be entered into a draw for a secret prize valued at $1,000.

The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, Campbell River Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Courtenay BIA, Downtown Comox BIA, Downtown Campbell River BIA, have each lent support as auction partners by sharing information with their members and networks. Media sponsors 97.3 The Eagle, 100.7 the Raven, The Campbell River Mirror, and the Comox Valley Record are helping spread the word.

Bidders can expect gift cards for local restaurants and businesses, tools, artwork, gift baskets, and experiences, including a Whale and Wildlife Zodiac Tour donated by Campbell River Whale Watching and other getaways across the island.

To join the excitement, all interested participants must register on our auction platform. Once registered, the bidding journey begins! The items will be available for pick directly from our donors or from the Comox Valley and Campbell River ReStores once the auction closes.

Thank You to our Fundraising Committee

Behind every successful mission, there's a driven team, and ours is no exception! Habitat's Fundraising Committee Volunteers are the powerhouse behind our efforts, dedicating their time and skills to propel Habitat for Humanity towards achieving our goals. Their passion and commitment mirror our values of dignity, partnership, and inclusiveness, creating a culture that's as inspiring as it is effective.

A huge shoutout to our stellar volunteers Alison, Rae, Sue, Dianna, Sarah, and Lulu, for their outstanding contributions. Your efforts truly make a difference!

Fundraising Committee members

Do you want to be part of the excitement?

If you missed the deadline to donate a prize for the auction, no worries! We're still thrilled to accept cash contributions to help us reach our fundraising goals. And why not join in on the bidding fun too? Every bit counts towards our mission of building safe, affordable homes in our community! Help local families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.