Live until 5pm Monday, January 27, all funds from global travel auction Australian Spirit Soars will go towards the Australian bushfire relief, with $20,000 raised in the first 24 hours
A silent luxury travel auction in aid of the devastating bushfires that have wreaked havoc to Australia’s rural communities and native wildlife is currently underway.
Launched by Australian travel and lifestyle companies Élysée Collective and World Resorts of Distinction, the auction, called Australian Spirit Soars, asks people around the globe to bid on up to 15 luxury travel packages, with all proceeds being directed to WIRES Wildlife Rescue, an organisation that is working to help save and protect Australia’s wildlife. Over one billion animals are estimated to have been lost in the fires across the country so far.
“The travel industry is a close knit one, both in Australia and around the world. In light of these tragic events our country have faced, we’ve been amazed at the support shown from around the world to help our nation in this time of crisis,” Élysée Collective Director Alice Moore said.
The environment and climate change is something very much at the heart of the travel companies involved.
“We are beyond grateful our travel industry friends from around the world are so eager to help in any way they can,” World Resorts of Distinction CEO Tess Willcox said.
Presently 15 luxury travel packages, with more anticipated to come on board, have been donated to the auction by some of the world’s most esteemed resorts, hotels and lodges including Aman, Soneva, Raes on Wategos, Nihi Sumba, Bawah Reserve, Vakkaru Maldives, Tokoriki Island Resort, Resplendent Ceylon, Sinalei Reef Resort and many more.
Packages vary in value from USD $690 to USD $22,000.
Within the first 24 hours of launching, the auction raised more than USD$20,000.
The two week initiative will continue until 5pm on Monday, 27 January.