Gun auctioneer raises vital funds for charities

RAY White Chelsea owner and life member of the leading network in Victoria, John Shore, has helped raise more than $8 million for charity in his career.
Mr Shore, an agent and skilled auctioneer who has been with the Ray White Group since 1987 and was its chief executive officer of Victoria for nine years until 2005, runs at least 25 charity auctions a year.
“I have helped raise over $8 million over the past 10 years alone and am well known as the guy who sells ‘nothing’ at the end of each auction. In fact I hold the world record for selling nothing for $52,000,” he said.
“I have auctions each year in Melbourne, on the Gold Coast and even Las Vegas – all of these I do pro bono – which is my way of giving back.”
Ray White Chelsea has won numerous community service awards within the leading franchise group as well as the REIV and REA.
“However the last auction on the Gold Coast last week was very special. I conducted a charity auction for the Retail Global Conference and the goal was to raise $80,000 to re-establish a hospital in Bercy, Haiti,” Mr Shore said.
“The hospital has not been in use for more than five years and when it was, the hospital serviced over 10,000 people, so you can imagine the difference it would make.”
Mr Shore said the generosity of the guests was never in question but even he was impressed with their spirited bidding.
“This same event last year saw a world record get smashed when they bid up to $52,000 for absolutely nothing,” he said.
“So the $80,000 goal was ambitious but in the end we eventually raised $152,075 for the hospital.
“The stage was being bombarded with offers of items to sell and the exciting news is that there was enough raised to refurbish the hospital and build seven, two bedroom homes for families that currently live in mud huts.
“This is by far the most moving night I have attended and an incredible show of generosity by the 380 guests who attended the event.”
Melbourne businessman and Retail Global founder Phil Leahy successfully launched and built one of the largest eBay businesses retailing CDs & DVDs – achieving Australia’s #1 eBay seller for highest volume of sales in all seller categories for a number of years.
He then decided to launch a conference to help others who were tackling marketplaces and cross-border. Mr Shore has been calling Leahy’s charity auctions for many years.