In addition to the VIP tickets, the package includes $1,000 of food and beverage credit. The package was donated by the West Shore Developers Association.
“Our hope is that the auction raises a significant amount of money for the Goldstream Food Bank, which needs the community’s support now more than ever,” Scott Goodmanson, Langford’s mayor said in a news release.
“Council agreed that we should embrace the passion for soccer in the community to raise funds for the Food Bank. I encourage everyone to bid what they can to support the food bank during such a critical time. We know more people than ever are accessing the support of their local food bank, and this is one small way we can give back and rally around the love of sport for a good cause.”
The auction to raise funds for the food bank for the tickets to the soccer game, which will be Christine Sinclair’s second last game before retirement, will be live until Nov. 27 at 8 p.m.
“Tickets for this match sold out very quickly, and we believe many people will be eager to have a chance to see the game. Partnering with the City of Langford and giving back to the community is what the WSDA does, and this is another example of that collaborative partnership,” Ron Coutre, president of the West Shore Developers Association said in a news release.
Gayle Ireland, president of the Goldstream Food Bank says this auction for the soccer package is coming at a time when food banks across the country are seeing growing levels of need.
“The Goldstream Food Bank needs support now more than ever before,” Ireland said in a news release. “Every year, we see an increase in the number of people and families using the Food Bank, and this year, we expect to distribute around 700 Christmas hampers.”
Food Banks Canada recently released a report which showed that between March 2022 and March 2023, there was a 32 per cent increase in visits to food banks, with a 78.5 per cent increase since March 2019.