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Ironman Ebay auction opens April 19

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For a seventh consecutive year, World Triathlon Corp. will conduct its Ironman auction with eBay, designed to benefit a variety of charitable organizations worldwide. 

The Ironman Foundation has raised more than $2,500,000 through the initiative since its inception in 2003.

This year’s auction will include four slots to the 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship taking place Oct. 10 in Kailua-Kona. The auction begins Sunday, April 19 and will incorporate four phases with one slot available per week. The minimum bid for slots is $10,000.

In 2008, Ironman recognized a multitude of groups that lent their support in each of the event markets in addition to those organizations located in the two World Championship host cities. 

For example, a donation of $50,000 was extended to Clearwater for Youth (CFY), an organization that celebrated forty years of service last year. With a mission of building character through sports, CFY provides support to area youth programs and participants in need, allowing children from all levels of society to play and learn together.  

Grants and donations were also made to the West Hawaii chapters of the following national organizations: The Ronald McDonald House, Boy Scouts of America, American Cancer Society and Special Olympics.

Additionally, more than $40,000 in cash and/or supplies will be provided to Hospice of Kona, Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii and Kamakana Children’s Playground.

* Hospice of Kona will receive gear and apparel for Camp Erin, a bereavement retreat for children who have lost a parent or sibling.

* PATH, striving to promote active living in a healthy community, will be acquiring a cargo van for use with camps and clinics to promote a bicycle education program to local families.

* Kamakana Children’s Playground, located at Higashihara Park is being refurbished and will include 2,200 square feet more playground.

In addition to the opportunity to compete at the 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship, winners will also receive private athlete registration in Kona and four VIP packages, including race-day passes and invitations to race-week functions.

Funding for the eBay auction does not have to be generated through one source, as fundraising efforts are acceptable. 

According to World Triathlon Corporation’s President and CEO, Ben Fertic, all funds are tax-deductible and all proceeds go to The Ironman Foundation, which will in turn make donations to the organizations. Ironman covers all administrative costs to ensure all monies raised will directly benefit the selected charities.

Bidding will begin April 19 at www.ironman.com. Athlete inquiries can be directed to kona@ironman.com.

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