We have some great pieces up for auction, and by offering free shipping through uShip to winning bidders, we can maximize the proceeds that go to support age-out foster care youth. We greatly appreciate uShip’s continued support.
Austin, TX (Vocus) May 25, 2010
When Help on Wheels, the charitable shipment vehicle of uShip, begins its inaugural nationwide summer tour on June 1, it will have some high-profile cargo on board: memorabilia and props from the set of long-running reality TV series, Survivor: Heroes and Villains. The items, currently available through an eBay Charity Auction, include the immunity idol, tribal flags, contestant torches, and even the urn that held contestants’ secret votes.
Help on Wheels’ three-month tour is designed to provide charitable shipments for non-profits and foundations in need of free local delivery. When not lending a helping hand, Help on Wheels Ambassadors will attend popular festivals and sporting events, all the while documenting and sharing the trip experience through social media. Help on Wheels is the official flagship vehicle of Highway to Help, uShip’s charitable shipments program that provides free or low cost delivery to those in need.
This marks the second time uShip has sponsored shipping for a Survivor Charity Auction on eBay. Earlier this year, uShip facilitated delivery of over 75 items purchased through the Survivor: Samoa charity auction, which raised $137,000 for The Serpentine Project, the Foundation of Survivor producer and host Jeff Probst. The Samoa charity auction saw final bid prices up by as much as 15-20 percent compared to past auctions, in part due to free shipping being offered through uShip.
"Once again, The Serpentine Project is so thankful for uShip's generosity and participation in our fundraiser,” said Probst. “We have some great pieces up for auction, and by offering free shipping through uShip to winning bidders, we can maximize the proceeds that go to support age-out foster care youth. We greatly appreciate uShip’s continued support."
The auction is being managed on eBay by Auction Cause, a premier cause marketing agency specializing in high profile events for brands, celebrities, and nonprofits.
uShip helps relieve the stress and high cost of moving hard-to-ship items, such as cars, household goods, boats, freight, heavy equipment, pets and more. As the first and largest online shipping marketplace, uShip connects people and businesses with feedback-rated transporters. Carriers place competitive bids to win business and often fill extra space in their trucks, saving customers an average of 50 percent. During its first five years, the uShip marketplace attracted $150 million in business transactions, one million listings and 170,000 service providers. Launched in 2004, uShip operates globally with localized functionality in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, European Union and Australia.