2013 Honda Civic Touring Sedan, pictured above during last November's
donation presentation, is up for sale on the eBay.ca auction site, with
proceeds from its winning bid to support operating room improvements at
Stevenson Memorial Hospital. To take part, enter item number
150980901039 in the search box once its activated.
SMH Foundation turns to eBay to sell its new Honda for
At approximately 7 pm tonight, Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation
(SMHF) will begin taking bids through an eBay auction, for its 2013
Honda Civic Touring Sedan.
Honda Canada donated the new model in November to mark the automaker's
six millionth vehicle built in Alliston. It's to support the
foundation's new "It takes you..." fundraising campaign whose proceeds
will target operating room improvements.
Until now, SMHF has relied on the time-honoured, go-to, raffle ticket
route popular with service clubs and non-profit groups world-wide, for
their giveaway fundraisers.
In this turn, the Foundation is moving to the internet through online
auction giant eBay, which offers a separate charitable fundraising
service that does not take seller fees, and lets the groups keep 100
per cent of the proceeds from their sales.
Selling raffle tickets requires its own human infrastructure, whereas
ebay is turn-key and handles the entire transaction, including payment
process through PayPal.
In this case, the auction will run through to January 25, and a reserve
amount has been set, and there will be a message sent to the bidder
indicating whether the "reserve has been met/reserve has not been met."
That minimum will not be public.
The winning bidder will have seven days to complete their payment.
Paypal accounts can be set up using bank accounts or credit cards. Once confirmed, the new Civic will be delivered for pick-up
from "a Honda dealership within Canada, reasonably close to the
winner's home, as designated by Honda."