Care to have lunch with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu, Paralympian Oscar Pistorius or bad-boy heartthrob Steve Hofmeyer? You can – if yours is the best offer on bidorbuy’s charity celebrity auction, launching today.
The online auction site, a South African version of eBay, will be running the auction over the week of 23 to 30 June. During the week bidders will be able to compete for the privilege of spending time with their favourite celebrity – with cash from the winning bids going to a number of local charities.
Other South African stars up for sale include the grande dame of South African politics Evita Bezuidenhout – and her alter ego, comedian Pieter Dirk Uys – as well as actor and filmmaker Leon Schuster, Independent Democrats leader Patricia De Lille, radio's DJ Fresh, beauty queen and businessperson Basetsana Kumalo and comedian Barry Hilton.
“The impressive list shows that South Africa has generous celebrities who are ready to donate their time and allow their popularity to be used for worthy causes," said bidorbuy managing director Andy Higgins in a statement.
The charities set to benefit include IkamvaYouth, an organisation that teaches new skills to children in secondary schools; Matla a Bana, which works to eradicate child abuse; and the South African Anxiety and Depression Group, Africa’s largest mental health support and advocacy group.
“We are delighted to be in a position to help raise funds for charities,” Higgins said. “We trust that this initiative will bring out the philanthropic side of the 370 000-strong bidorbuy community.
“These auctions are also a chance for companies to treat their most distinguished employees or business partners to a meet and greet … celebrities and to show they care about improving the lot of those who need help most,” said Higgins.
Anyone can bid in the auctions. If you are new to bidorbuy, complete the short registration process on www.bidorbuy.co.za and then visit the specially created page, accessible from the bidorbuy home page. And as bidorbuy auctions are open events, other charities and celebrities still have the opportunity to join up.