21st Annual Rotary Community Auction
Thank you for your interest in, and support of, our annual Rotary Community Auction. Last year, with over 500 items up for auction, we raised $55,000 for needed support in our local, national, and international communities. With your help this year we aim to go higher!
We are excited to show you the fantastic array of items up for auction this year. Items are being added on a continuing basis. The auction ends on Sunday, November 18th at 5pm.
Click the BID TO GIVE button to go straight to the auction site.
The Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. There are over 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. The Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston is one of four Rotary Clubs located in Kingston. Our Club was chartered in 1985 and has around 40 members who meet regularly at a Tuesday morning breakfast meeting. To find out more about our club go to ckrotary.org.
Supporting Our Community
Rotary’s main objective is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop and support community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty, hunger, the environment, education, promoting peace and conflict resolution. We also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, young professionals, and vocational and career development.
How does the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston give back to our community and around the globe?
Through our Community Small Grants Program and annual commitments
The Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston is very proud to have been able to provide local community grants totaling over $60,000 to various projects serving the Kingston area over the past 24 months through our small grant, spring and fall program. Recent projects include:
- Molly Brant Elementary School $3,100 – to provide band instruments in support of music literacy $3, 100
- Loving Spoonful – for their in-schools GROW project (food security) $3, 250
- Dental Treatment Assistance Fund (KFL&A Public Health) – financial assistance to low income adults in need of emergency dental treatment $3, 600
- Kingston Regional Heritage Fair. Transportation costs for Kingston Regional Heritage. Fair student representatives to participate in the Ontario Provincial Heritage Fair $800
- The Mess Open Arts Studio – to provide shelving for canvases, industrial fan, molds for pottery tools and updated sign $2, 000
- Music Mates – to purchase PA system to help programming $2, 007
- Cycle Kingston – to provide traffic signs and canopy tent for use in bike safety programs $1 ,300
- South Frontenac Community Services – to purchase shelves and work tables for the Sydenham Food Bank $3, 181
- Kingston Symphony Association – to support their Share the Music outreach program for youth from low income families $1, 500
- Youth Diversion Program – to support their Addictions Literacy Education workshops in schools $1, 000
- Skeleton Park Arts Fest – to support the north-end Kingston Porch Jazz parade as part of the Skeleton Park Arts Festival June 2017 $1, 500
- Salvation Army Outreach – poverty reduction programs $500
- Easter Seals Society – financial assistance for summer camp opportunities at Camp Merrywood $1, 000
- Lunch by George – meal program $2, 500
Through our International Projects
In recent years we have supported projects in Uganda, India, Burundi, Nepal, South Africa, and Kenya. We work in partnership with other Rotary clubs in financing and implementing international service projects. Our contributions were matched 3.5:1 by The Rotary Foundation on most of these projects.
- US$2,500 for school renovations and equipment in India
- US$1,200 for WINS program in rural schools in India
- US$2,500 for an Adopt a Village economic development project in Uganda
- US330 for engineering study for water project in Kenya
- US$1.500 for school supplies for Colonel De La Ray School, South Africa
- US$1,000 for rainwater harvesting project in Nepal
- US$4400 for Bone bank project in India
- US$260 for education scholarships for two children in Mexico
- US$1,000 for medical equipment in Burundi
Emergency Relief work
$1,200 to ShelterBox, an international disaster relief organization that hand-delivers emergency shelter for families devastated by natural disaster and conflict.
Through contributions to Polio Plus and Rotary Foundation
- $2,000 per year for Polio Plus with the goal of ending polio forever. Today, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan are the only countries where polio remains endemic. Every $1 Rotary commits will be matched 2:1 by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- $5,000 per year to Rotary Foundation through our annual Paul Harris Award recognition of Kingston Community Leaders.
Through contributions and programming for Youth Leadership
- Hosting an International Exchange Scholarship student for a long-term (school year) exchange. Our incoming student for 2017/18 is from Spain and our outgoing student is in Italy.
- Presenting Adventures in History – Doing Time in Kingston: Youth Justice Then and Now. This is a 4 day program for 20, history and social justice minded, High School students from across Ontario.
- Sending a Kingston high school student to Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa and to Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, in Lake Placid; a unique opportunity for high school students to gain insight and knowledge in life and leadership skills.