R1.5 million raised
Joey Burke’s ‘fast and funny’ style benefits charities
IN JUST one month, auctioneer Joey Burke of Goindustry Dovebid SA (Godove SA) has raised more than R1.5 million for charities in Cape Town, inspiring people to dig deeply into their pockets with his fastand-funny style of “auctiontainment”.
Burke raised the funds at charity auctions held for Reach for a Dream ( R385 000), the A my B i e h l F o u n d a t i o n (R317 000), a Camps Bay Business For um Gala Dinner (R137 000) to assist homeless people in the area, the Cape Au t i s m C h a r i t y T r u s t (R170 000), Fellows for Cancer (R300 000), Greyton House Coll e g e a nd Darling Col l e g e (R80 000 each) and the International School (R130 000).
Auctioneering runs in the Burke blood, and Joey conducted his first-ever auction for his auctioneer father at 12. He says: “We had a family business in Zimbabwe and one day my father needed to leave in the middle of an auction, so he turned to the crowd and said ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the best auctioneer in the world’. I had no choice but to carry on in his absence, and I absolutely loved it.”
Although the auctioneer’s job is to raise the excitement level in the room, Joey makes the point that it’s the donors who come to the party with sponsored packages that make all the difference to the amount of money raised.
“It’s one of the things that made, for example, the Amy Biehl Foundation gala evening such a tremendous success. Items for sale included tea with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (which raised R40 000), and a Robben Island tour with Ahmed Kathrada (which raised R30 000). Who wouldn’t want these?”
Likewise, items up for auction at the Cape Autism Charity Trust event, including a sculpture by Leonard Smith (sold for R40 000), and the Fell o ws f o r Cancer a u c t i o n enticed people to open their pocketbooks for a Richard Scott painting (R25 000) plus a photo and a cricket bat both s i g ned by Graeme Smith (R35 000).
“Both organisations were over the moon as the monies raised were way beyond their original expectations,” says Burke. “In spite of the difficult financial times, it appears many people are still willing to give generously to support causes that are close to their hearts. I ’ m deter mined t o break all records this year and I’m pleased to say that all the charity events at which I’ve presided have achieved more than they did the previous year.”
Professionally, Burke has moved away from traditional live auctions-in-a-room to the world of live online auctions, having joined Godove SA two years ago in its new business development division. Burke and managing director Kim Faclier are working to introduce the company’s long-established assets online auction platform to the SA property market. Two successful online property auctions have been held this year and a third is planned for the first quarter of 2012.
Call Burke or Faclier on 021 702 3206 or email joey.burke@ go-dove.com or firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit www.goDove.com/southafrica.