Lions Club bike auction brings in funds for the community

Around 80 people gathered in the sunny weather to try their luck at the Sylvan Lake Lions Club’s annual bicycle auction Saturday morning.

Sylvan Lake Lions Club President Peter Moir stands just below auctioneer Ed Tanasiuk and incoming president David Leshchyshyn during the club’s bicycle auction Saturday morning.

Sylvan Lake Lions Club President Peter Moir stands just below auctioneer Ed Tanasiuk and incoming president David Leshchyshyn during the club’s bicycle auction Saturday morning.

Around 80 people gathered in the sunny weather to try their luck at the Sylvan Lake Lions Club’s annual bicycle auction Saturday morning.

Around 61 bicycles were donated for the live auction held at the Lions Club Hall. The total number of donations included 23 bicycles from the RCMP and 38 from community members.

Within an hour, many of the bicycles had already been sold.

The average bicycle sold for about $30, with a total of close to $2,000 made from the auction.

Proceeds from the RCMP’s bicycles totalled $645.00. That money will go back to the RCMP to help fund their programs.

Around $1,350 was raised from the other donated bicycles, and Sylvan Lake Lions Club President Peter Moir said that money will support a variety of community programs and local individuals in need.

Moir attended the event and said he enjoys it every year as he sees new faces and notices people donating their old bicycles and buying new ones.

“It’s fun to see new families come in with their older bikes and get new bikes,” he said.