EDMONTON – Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world's largest auctioneer of mining, agriculture, construction and other heavy equipment, helped raise $64,000 for the Canada Equipment Dealers Foundation (CEDF), which is dedicated to developing educational programs and scholarships for the equipment dealer industry. Ritchie Bros. donated and sold three auction services vouchers during a live charity auction at the Canada West Equipment Dealers Association's 2014 annual general meeting, recently held in Edmonton.
"The money raised by Ritchie Bros. with the sale of their auction services vouchers will go directly to helping our industry's number one challenge: we need more trained equipment mechanics," said Cameron Bode, president of Canada West Equipment Dealers Association. "We thought our association members would be excited about the vouchers and we were right – they sold quickly and for a combined $64,000, which greatly exceeded our expectations. Ritchie Bros. has been a great partner to our association and our foundation and we look forward to more opportunities to work with them in the future."
The CEDF was founded in 1998, after recognizing a shortage of properly trained mechanics. Since its inception, CEDF has raised over $1.5 million in pledges and commitments for dealership specific educational programs and scholarships.
To learn more about the Canada Equipment Dealers Foundation, visit CWEDA.ca/education/ced-foundation/.