We are in the process of putting together the 3rd UNICEF Auction for Action. Most of you are now familiar with what I’ve been doing for UNICEF. This year’s auction is basically the same – an online auction for one week featuring some of the best art and design pieces in the Philippines – but we have some new artists and designers. The auction is for the benefit of UNICEF programs in the Philippines.
In 2011, when UNICEF asked me what else I wanted to do in addition to the site visits and talks on breastfeeding and nutrition, we came up with this idea of an art and design auction. It had to be something relevant to my field. In my years of featuring designers and artists, I’ve developed some close friendships with them. It was very easy to get started. Everyone I asked to donate said yes. Then we took a chance and did a purely online auction with no public event, hence minimal overhead costs. We just had media previews.
In our first year we raised around P1.4 million. And last year we did over P3 million. This year, my goal is higher. And it can only be achieved with your help. Most of the bidders and buyers are readers of my site. So I ask you to please consider shopping in UNICEF’s Auction for Action in October. I promise, the items are very special – furniture, art, jewelry and some limited edition special items.
Here’s a look back at Auction for Action’s first two years ….
Last year’s auction more than doubled in terms of number of items and funds raised. This was at our media preview (I had a fever then). The photo shows the works of Ramon Orlina, Debbie Palao (the chair I’m sitting on), Juvenal Sanso, Danny Rayos del Sol, Kawayan Tech bamboo bike.
In addition to furniture and art we also have fine jewelry and one of a kind accessories. I’m a big fan of Joyce Makitalo’s work. Joyce and the likes of Nicole Whisenhunt, Michelline Syjuco, Janina Dizon, Paul Syjuco, Kristine Dee, Anna Rocha and Amina Aranaz many more designers are contributing to this year’s auction in October.
This was a major donation by Ito Kish last year. He gave his award-winning Georgia chair. I was one of the judges at Manila FAME when this piece first won. It has since gotten international awards and citation. This year, Ito participates with a few special pieces for Auction for Action.
I hope these photos give you an idea of what UNICEF’s Auction for Action is about. This year’s auction will take place in late October. I will be regularly updating here and in Twitter. In the meantime I also ask you to please visit www.unicef.org/philippines to know the new programs in the protection of children’s rights.