Fancy a couple of nights with your sweetie at the Chateau Whistler Fairmont?
What about an overnight stay at Vancouver's Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel?
These, and more than 300 other prizes, are up for grabs in an online auction that starts Sunday, Oct. 1, in support of a Port Coquitlam non-profit organization.
For the seventh year, the Amanda Todd Legacy Society will host the fundraiser to benefit the charity's operations and outreach on prevention and awareness related to cyberbullying, exploitation and internet safety — among all ages.
The society is named after the Port Coquitlam student at the Coquitlam Alternative Balanced Education (CABE) school who took her life at home on Oct. 10, 2012, after being hounded online for years by Aydin Coban of the Netherlands.
Last October, a jury found the predator guilty on five criminal counts; a panel of three Dutch judges is now deciding his conversion sentence in the Netherlands after he received a precedent-setting sentence in Canada of 13 years behind bars.
Besides the hotel prize packages, the society's virtual fundraiser includes:
- an iPad (9th generation)
- four seats, a $100 food/beverage credit and free parking to an Abbotsford Canucks home game during the 2023–24 season
- a one-year family pass to Port Coquitlam recreation centres
- original art
- show tickets
- gift baskets and cards
The target is to raise $15,000 in the auction that closes on Saturday, Oct. 14.
Last year, the society brought in a record $24,000 for the cause.
"One of the goals of Amanda's Legacy for 2023–24 is to raise $25,000 to set up an endowment at Capilano University to create awards for students in the Music Therapy Program," Amanda’s mother, Carol Todd, wrote on the website.
"Realizing that this is a big endeavour, we are up to it. And also knowing that this is something that Amanda would have wanted to see happen, as music was one of her ways to not only express herself but to self-regulate."