2000 Olympic Torch auction bid raises funds for 2017 PMG Team Vanuatu
Over 200 people turned up to the Vanuatu Carbine Club lunch and auction held recently at the Warwick Le Lagon Hotel in Port Vila.
Vanuatu2017 and VASANOC (Vanuatu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee), with the generous assistance of the Carbine Club of Vanuatu, auctioned the 2000 Olympic Games Torch signed by Olympic Gold Medallists Cathy Freeman (Australia) and Barbra Kendall (New Zealand).
“There was a lot of interest in the torch. The bidding went exceptionally well, and the final figure was VT 1.3 million, which is an exceptionally good result,” said Shaun Gilchrist, President of Carbine Club and owner of Azure Pure Water, one of the sponsors of Van2017.
“From a Carbine Club perspective, we were very happy for Team Vanuatu as well. There were up to six active bidders, and a couple of silent bidders from Van2017.
"The final winner was Andrew Hobbs who is the owner of FM 107and also a gold sponsor of Van2017.
“It added something new to the Carbine Club auction as historically, we’ve auctioned off signed shirts, ties, framed posters around specific sporting events, so this is very new for the Club,” he said.
The CEO of VASANOC Henry Tavoa, who is also the Chef de Mission for Team Vanuatu, thanked the Carbine Club for the initiative taken and the help provided.
He added that the winning bid, which equates to AU$15,000, will be spent on costs that are not covered by VASANOC, the Vanuatu Government and Van2017.
At this stage, Mr Tavoa cannot elaborate on the costs given that planning for the Games is still under way.
The Carbine Club of Vanuatu is a club which supports and promotes sports and sports people. Its primary objective is in raising funds to assist in the ongoing development of sports and sporting individuals and teams in Vanuatu.
The club was formed in 2012 to join other countries in the Pacific, such as New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, London, United Arab Emirates and Singapore.
One of the key programs of the Carbine Club is to develop its scholarship program, which has emerged through the understanding that many Vanuatu athletes have exceptional ability, but to fully achieve their optimum potential requires long-term support and the ability to be introduced to key development programs and institutions outside of Vanuatu.
“The Carbine Club of Vanuatu celebrates these achievements in sporting development within Vanuatu and looks forward to supporting further progression of both sports and sports people throughout Vanuatu in the coming years,” said Mr Gilchrist.