There are 14 prizes up for grabs in an online silent auction for Please Bring Me Home, whose volunteers search for long-lost missing people.
The Facebook-based auction started Monday and ends Friday. To participate, visit the Please Bring Me Home Facebook page and click on a photograph of the prize. You can then bid in $5 increments. Top bids by Friday at 8 p.m. will win.
Please Bring Me Home co-founder Nick Oldrieve said Tuesday all prizes but an oil change donated by a Sudbury business are transferable to this area.
The prizes include a Muskoka-based Brew Culture craft beer gift basket, psychic readings offered by someone in London who could do the readings remotely, and local prizes including golf packages for Cobble Beach and for Stonetree.
Bidding for the golf packages starts at 50 per cent of their value and so far no one has bid on them, Oldrieve noted.
So far, $500 has been bid on the prizes and Oldrieve hopes this fundraiser generates $1,000 by week’s end. The money will be used to help train volunteers in searching and interviewing, and to fund searches, he said.
The group began as a loose collection of cold-case searchers who sought anonymous tips for missing people in Grey-Bruce. Oldrieve and a couple of friends began in the summer of 2016 to look for Lisa Maas, who went missing in 1988 after attending a house party in Woodford.
Please Bring Me Home officially began in fall of 2018. It’s a registered not-for-profit and it is working on becoming a charitable organization, Oldrieve said.
It has expanded its scope to include investigation and search teams in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and searchers and Quebec.
In each of the provinces, some investigators are retired police officers. There are also retired search and rescue personnel in B.C., Alberta and Ontario. In total, there are 34 Please Bring Me Home members and membership is growing, Oldrieve said.
There are 26 missing people’s cases in Ontario alone listed on the group’s website. The group’s website lists cases eight Canadian provinces.