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Help NWSS dry grad with this new online auction

You can help New Westminster Secondary School's Class of 2021 by bidding on auction items, making a donation or even returning bottles to the depot
Graduation Class of 2021
The NWSS dry grad committee hopes the community will rally to help the Class of 2021. An online auction has just been opened, and a GoFundMe campaign and bottle drive continue.

You still have time to help New Westminster Secondary School’s Class of 2021 enjoy a proper send-off in the face of COVID-19.

The NWSS dry grad committee is giving its fundraising efforts a new push in the hopes of adding to the $23,000 it already has in the coffers to give this year’s graduating class a safe celebration. That leaves the group about $7,000 short of its goal.

For its latest effort, the committee has set up an online auction packed with a variety of local, pandemic-safe options, including gift cards for a wide range of stores, eateries and services, as well as bookings for experiences (such as an online escape room, two hours of arcade gaming, or a two-hour boat ride). You can also put in a bid on a number of physical items: an acoustic guitar and lessons, a Remy Martin XO cognac gift basket, a skin care basket and more.

Items are being added daily, so keep checking back for more options.

Committee member Daniel Fontaine said the group is hoping to raise $2,000 or more from the online auction.

At the same time, it’s continuing to push its ongoing bottle drive, hoping to soon close in on the $1,000 mark there. Anyone who wants to support the dry grad by donating the proceeds of their returnables can simply go to a New Westminster Return-It Depot and direct proceeds to the NWSS dry grad account (see how-to below).

Anyone who’d like to donate to the cause can also contribute to an ongoing GoFundMe campaign, which now stands at close to $7,000.

Fontaine noted the organizing committee has booked the Inn at the Quay for a dry grad celebration tentatively scheduled for the first week of July, but it’s also organizing a “Plan B” in light of ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic.

HOW TO HELP NWSS DRY GRAD AT THE RETURN-IT DEPOT

It’s an easy process to donate your bottle and can proceeds to the NWSS dry grad:

  • Put your empty bottles and cans into a clear plastic bag (avoid pull-string closures).
  • Go to your neighbourhood Return-It Depot.
  • At the Return-It Express Kiosk, access the NWSS dry grad account by entering the school phone number (604-517-6391).
  • Enter the number of stickers needed (one per bag).
  • Put the stickers on the bag(s) and put in the bin.
  • Funds will automatically be deposited in the grad committee account.

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