Great Ontario Auction for Nepal Earthquake coming next month

August 4, 2016   ·   0 Comments

The Great Ontario Auction for Nepal will assist with the reconstruction of the village of Devitar in central Nepal, hit by the devastating earthquake last year.

The auction, an initiative by The Splendour Group, will be held from September 1 to the 18 and take place online through their website at

“We are looking for fun volunteers to assist us with marketing (focusing on social media), promotions and general assistance,” the group’s founder/CEO Andrew De Jong said in a Kijiji Job Seekers posting.

People can also donate through the website. Items for auction include hotel and airline vouchers, boats, cruises, dinners, concert tickets and more. 

The Nepal earthquake happened April 25, 2015, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, hitting central and mid-western regions of the country. A second earthquake, measuring 7.3, struck just over two weeks later, causing further damage.

The death toll was nearly 9,000, with more than 22,000 injured, and 3.5 million were left homeless. Thousands of buildings and homes were destroyed, with some entire villages ruined.

According to the Great Ontario Auction’s website, “A year later, 1 million children still don’t have access to primary education,” and “2.8 million people still need humanitarian assistance.”

All donations and money raised from the auction will go to the reconstruction of Devitar School’s library and a classroom, the Shree Devitar L.S School. The village, located in the district of Kavre, is situated closely to one of the epicenters. When the earthquake struck, it left 627 out of 664 homes and buildings destroyed beyond repair. 

In an email to the Citizen, Andrew de Jong,  CEO of The Splendour Group and the program’s coordinator, says he will be heading to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, this October, where he’ll meet with the team from The Green Lion Nepal. From there, he will meet up with volunteers in Devitar to begin construction shortly after. Mr. Jong says volunteers there at the time can be between two to ten.

Construction is estimated to take one to two months, with an estimated budget of $18,000. 75 per cent of the costs will be raw materials and furnishing.

The building will be constructed with masonry and mud mortar walls with a pipe truss.

For additional information, visit their website or email Mr. Jong at

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