Thank you to those who took part in this unprecedented online charity auction!
The event raised an outstanding $60,000 for the six charities taking part!

COVID-19 continues to be an extraordinary factor in all our lives, from how we work, to managing our personal lives at home. And in the midst of this global pandemic, there has also been a tremendous impact on the non-profit sector, including the Foundation, which would routinely host events as a way to receive vital funding.

In response, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation has banded together alongside five other of British Columbia’s most well-respected philanthropic organizations to launch “Fighting COVID Together”, an innovative online charity auction event taking place on Saturday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

The event brings together six charities united for one night for a singular cause – to raise vital funding and raise awareness about what charities supporting front line workers, volunteers and children with special needs are up against during the COVID-19 crisis.

When: Saturday May 23 starting at 7pm

Where: Able Auctions Online

“Fighting COVID Together” will be an upbeat and fast-paced online auction hosted by Howard Blank. Registration is free and must be completed by Friday, May 22 at 4 p.m. in order to qualify for the live auction.

Items up for bid from the Foundation includes packages from Four Winds Brewing Co., White Spot On the Go-Food Truck and Tractor Foods.

Click here for a preview of the items up for auction.

Charities included are:

  • VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
  • Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre Association
  • Peter AIDS Foundation
  • Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation
  • Sources Foundation
  • Variety – the Children’s Charity of BC

Swiftly pivoting to virtual events

As COVID-19 took hold of our old way of life, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation swiftly pivoted to a new normal. We began to look at new ways to support the many independent fundraising events that were planned, and helping transform them into safe, virtual versions instead.

The community has responded with incredibly creative ways to support our COVID-19 Response and Research Funds, including DJ Neky hosting a nightly 7 p.m. fundraising set, Devin Townsend’s Quarantine Concert which helped raised $64,000 towards our COVID-19 efforts, and many more.

Get involved!

If you or someone you know wants to support VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation’s efforts through your own fundraiser, please connect with us and let us know. We will do everything we can to support you in your joint effort to fight back against COVID-19.