Here is the latest Press Release on how my charity auction went,
Bella Bayliss Ultimate Triathlon Training Charity Auction Raises £1,250
Through a unique and innovative fundraising initiative, top-level international triathlete Bella Bayliss and her sponsor design and communications agency Logistik, have raised £1,250 for SportsAid, to help support the UK’s emerging talented athletes. Using the auction site eBay, Logistik created a unique opportunity for UK triathlete and triathlon fans to bid over a ten day period, for a six hour professional triathlon training experience in London with one of the world’s best long distance triathletes and, raise money for SportsAid.
With a number of bids and over 330 page views to the eBay auction, the Prize day with Bella Bayliss sold for a whopping £500. But that’s not all!!! Someone who missed out on the bid contacted Bella Bayliss directly and asked to join the training day, promising to donate a further £500 to SportsAid. In addition to this, the bidders are both London based so Logistik has donated the £250 allocated for the winner’s accommodation and travel to the cause, bringing the fundraising total to £1,250.
Tim Lawler, CEO of SportsAid comments; “We are delighted with how successful the auction has been. SportsAid provides a boost to emerging talented athletes at a crucial point on their journey, without which many would be unable to continue in their sport. We couldn’t do this without the support and enthusiasm of local business partners, so we’re both privileged and delighted to have worked with Logistik on this unique initiative and achieve this great result.
“The average SportsAid recipient spends £5,000 per year, travels 650 miles a month and trains 17 hours a week on their sport. As little as £500 a year will go a long way to helping one athlete with training fees, travel to and from and entry into sporting events.”
Founder and Managing Director of Logistik, Dirk Mischendahl, comments on the success of this fundraising initiative; “We are delighted with how successful this charity auction has been and how much money we have raised for SportsAid. The twist in the final moments with the additional £500 donation was extremely exciting too.
“We launched the charity auction as part of a continued commitment to develop and nurture young talent and we are very pleased that the money raised enables us to help up and coming sporting hopefuls. We already support two of the country’s best junior elite triathletes – Vicky Graves and Lois Rosindale – as part of our community engagement strategy, but this result means we are able to help another two young athletes achieve their goal of becoming British sports stars and develop a career in sport. We believe deeply in grass root talent and the UK’s young undeveloped athletes are the future of our sporting success and we should invest in them now.”
Professional triathlete Bella Bayliss says; “I am so pleased that the auction was a success and that we will be able to help young athletes on the road to sporting stardom. Helping to raise money for a charity that financially helped me all those years ago is very rewarding and I am extremely proud to have been a part of. It is a fantastic way to give a triathlete an experience they don’t normally get, whilst helping the young talent of the future. This sort of investment is key to our future sporting success as a nation and I would urge more businesses to see the potential in home grown sporting talent.
“When I was 17 year’s old I received support from SportsAid for a couple of years and I was even SportsAid Foundation Athlete of the Year once too. Having the financial support from SportsAid for those years was so helpful and encouraging and allowed me to strive to be the best I could be and train for a sport that I knew I would be great in. SportsAid helped me get to where I am today and I am delighted to be able to help them continue to raise money to benefit young athletes and give them the starting chance that I had.”
The total money raised (£1,250) from the auction has gone directly to SportsAid to help the next generation of young sports stars. The winning bidder will take their triathlon training experience between June and August.
For those who missed out on the training day auction, 10 limited edition signed and framed photos of Bella Bayliss will be available on eBay, with all proceeds going to SportsAid. Visit http://www.theironcouple.com to start bidding today.