X-ray tech launches silent auction to help Lytton fire victims

It started as a small silent Facebook auction to benefit the victims of the fire that destroyed Lytton.

“At first I thought, ‘Let’s raise $ 5,000.’ But, based on the incredible number of auction items we’ve received, I would say we’re going to earn a lot more, ”said organizer Randi Henschel.

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<p>The biggest donation to date is a three-night all-inclusive stay at the Echo Valley Ranch in Clinton valued at $ 8,850.</p>
<p>There is also a two night stay at the Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos valued at $ 1,000, a Canadian Outback Rafting Adventure valued at $ 370 and one night at the Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island.</p>
<p>The more than 100 other auction items run the gamut from gift baskets and gift certificates for restaurants, spas and fitness facilities to clothing, jewelry, dog training and photo shoots.</p>
<p>All items are already featured on the <a class=Silent Auction for Lytton Facebook page.

The auction takes place from Friday noon to Wednesday July 28 at noon.

All proceeds from the auction will go to Lytton First Nation Chief Janet Webster for distribution to those most in need.

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<p>When the Lytton Creek wildfire roared through June 30, it killed two people, destroyed 90% of village structures (population: 250) and left 700 Lytton First Nation homeless on reserve land surrounding areas.</p>
<p>This fundraiser is dear to Henschel’s heart as she worked as a radiology technologist at Lytton Hospital from 2018 to 2020.</p>
<p>“It was such a special little community,” she said.</p>
<p>“I want to do everything I can to try to give back to the community and help the residents in any way I can. I am so overwhelmed by the response I have received from local businesses who wish to donate (for silent auction). It really shows how we can all come together and make a difference. “</p>
<p>Henschel recently returned to work at Aberdeen Ultrasound & X-ray in Kamloops after maternity leave to have a daughter.</p>
<p>It has already organized two successful silent auctions.</p>
<p>The premiere took place in 2008, which raised $ 10,000 for her niece, Livvy, who was battling cancer.</p>
<p>The second was in 2017 to raise $ 8,000 to host the graduation ceremony that New Caledonian College in Prince George couldn’t afford when Henschel finished his radiology technology course.</p>
<p>There are many other fundraisers to help those affected by the Lytton fire for immediate relief like food, clothing and shelter and for the ultimate rebuilding of the village and the reserve.</p>
<p>Indigenous art collective Savage Society launched a GoFundMe campaign that raised $ 473,000 towards a goal of $ 1 million.</p>
<p>Teal donates wood to help rebuild;  the BC Muslim Association donated $ 35,450;  Lytton First Nation member Dr. Rosalin also started out as a fundraiser;  as does Melissa Charles of the Chawathil First Nation;  and the Red Cross is organizing a general fundraiser to help those affected by this season’s wildfires in British Columbia.</p>
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