The pandemic has forced everyone to re-think and re-evaluate how to operate, how to survive as a business or organization and most importantly how to thrive. “For Milton Rotary, the year got off to a rocky start in terms of fundraising with the cancellation of our annual Denim and Diamonds Spring Gala,” says Rod McLachlan, Milton Rotary public relations director.

With a commitment to aiding and focusing on Milton youth, projects and programs with decades of historical success were suddenly at risk. But fortunately for the local charitable service organization, one long-time fundraiser is well positioned to stem the bleeding – the annual Rotary Online Auction, says McLachlan. This year’s auction runs from November 7-21 at

Due to the fact that Milton Rotary is 100 per cent volunteer driven as a registered charity, all net proceeds from this year’s auction will go to worthy local and international projects, with a particular focus on local youth through programs like high school scholarships, bursaries, youth exchanges, leadership training and more.

“We’ve also been focusing this year on immediate needs in the community,” says McLachlan, pointing to a financial contribution this spring to the Milton Salvation Army Food Bank, and money for a 3D printer that was used by a local volunteer to create personal protective equipment (PPE) for Ontario healthcare workers.

“There are so many great deals to be had on good, quality items from right here in Milton,” says McLachlan. “By going to and bidding between November 7th to 21st, you can help us to help others in the community through our projects, and you can also help local businesses. It’s a win-win-win, and there’s something for everyone.”

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