Hey South Africans: If you’ve got some extra cash lying around, and are in the mood to both have lunch with a celebrity and help a mental health charity (I know those are generally two goals of mine when I wake up each morning), head over to bidorbuy at some point before the end of the day June 30, 2009 for the chance to do both.
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.
MediaClubSouthAfrica.com states “Anyone can bid in the auctions,” but unfortunately I’m not sure if “anyone” means anyone in the world or anyone in South Africa. I just found out about this a few hours ago. I do know that people from all over the world are able to register with bidorbuy. Also, if anyone can bid, I’m sure there’s the issue of traveling to South Africa to claim your prize (should you win and not live close to South Africa).
If you don’t live in South Africa and have any questions about bidding, I recommend contacting bidorbuy, first.