Brisbane Airport hoping to top last year’s $66k charity donations at 2023 lost property auction

Brisbane Airport hoping to top last year’s $66k charity donations at 2023 lost property auction
Edited by Travel Weekly

    The lost property left behind by Brisbane Airport’s 20 million yearly passengers will be auctioned off next month with proceeds being donated to charity.

    Brisbane Airport’s Lost Property Auction will sell off a record number of items this year, allowing the public to grab a bargain just before Christmas.

    673 lots are on offer, with online bidding closing progressively on Sunday 17 December from 10 am.

    Around 60,000 people per day pass through the Domestic and International terminals each day, with passengers leaving behind many weird, wonderful, and valuable items.

    While all efforts are made to reunite owners with their belongings, unfortunately approximately two-thirds of these items remain unclaimed after the standard holding period.

    Rather than these valuables going into landfill, they go to auction with the proceeds benefiting young Queenslanders through the Courier-Mail Children’s Fund.

    Last year’s auction raised $66k with the funds this week distributed to Zephyr Education, Speld and Traction.

    There are no reserves on any items, so everything must go with the auction run by Lloyds Auctioneers and Valuers.

    “Each year this auction gets bigger and bigger as more passengers travel through the terminal. Some of the items left behind in the terminal are simply because passengers have exceeded their baggage limit and choose to leave them,” head of public affairs, Brisbane Airport, Stephen Beckett, said.

    “We’re hoping to raise as much as we can because the proceeds are going to support Queensland Children’s charities to help kids who are vulnerable and suffering disadvantage so we’re hoping people get right behind the Brisbane Airport Lost Property auction.”

    Unclaimed items going under the hammer include:

    • Dozens and dozens of laptops, ipads and phones
    • Power banks
    • Fine jewelry 9-18 carrot and fashion jewelry including rings and bracelets
    • New Dyson vacuum cleaner still in box
    • GoPro Hero 6
    • DJI Drone
    • Nintendo Switch OLED
    • Nintendo Wii
    • PlayStation One
    • Massage Guns
    • Watches and Apple Watches and fitness trackers
    • Kindles
    • Portable speakers (lots of these)

    “Grab yourself a bargain. Know that we’re not throwing this stuff out, it’s not going to landfill, but the money is making a difference in the lives of Queensland children,” Beckett continued.

    To boost the fundraising effort, Brisbane Airport has also added some special items, including a money-can’t-buy behind the scenes tour of the airport, as well as a 1 year of parking at the Domestic Terminal.

    Additional items up for grabs include:

    • 12 month Brisbane Airport Parking at Domestic Terminal
    • Brisbane Airport airside 90-minute tour
    • Runway signage
    • WBBL Brisbane Heat tickets and signed jersey
    • Brisbane Roar VIP Experience for 10
    • Museum of Brisbane prize pack

    “We’ve got some aviation signage from our runway which aviation enthusiasts absolutely love.”

    “We’ve got a year’s worth of airport parking at the Domestic Terminal, so if you’re a regular traveller for work or leisure, your own car space would be very handy,” Beckett concluded.

    The online auction will end on Sunday 17 December with lots progressively closed off from 10am and continuing throughout the day.

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