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Successful bidding for Carecent

Our latest social event was a second "Zoom Safari Supper" on March 22nd, following a similar pattern to the previous supper earlier this year, when over 50 members, partners and Friends of York Rotary "shared" their 2-course meals as they chatted around virtual tables, these being re-mixed for the second course with a different set of Safarians.

This event had an added twist, however, as there was also an auction event, with items donated by members from York and Erlangen Germany, to raise money for Carecent, the local charity in York that provide breakfast and shelter for the homeless and disadvantaged using volunteers and donated food.

With 22 items in the auction "catalogue" there was something for everyone, and bidding was fast and furious (so much so it was difficult for our wonderful auctioneer Steve to keep up with!) for items such as Restaurant Vouchers, DVD sets, Coffee Table books, hand-crafted bowls, a virtual Wine Tasting evening, vintage port, and engineering excursions to the North York Moors Railway and to the Millennium Bridge, led by Rotarians.

A golf day out for 4 also attracted a lot of interest.

Probably the highlight of the evening was the auctioning of a ride in Germany with Wilfried in his Morgan Plus 8 (which will happen during our May 2022 visit to Erlangen) and then a second ride in his Morgan 3-wheeler; each of these raised over £100 and were very popular items.

It was great to have Wilfried join us for the evening and his contribution was much appreciated.

Far exceeding the organisers' expectations, the auction raised £900 for Carecent, and their co-ordinator Cat was told the news the following day. Cat was delighted with this support and will be dropping in to our Friday zoom meeting on April 16th to say a few words and explain how the money is to be spent.

It was a fun event, with lots of social chat but also an energetic and worthwhile bout of bidding to help Carecent.

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