A memory block tile with a heart shape in the centre

Dear friends of the Children’s Heart Network,

In collaboration with BC artist Sid Dickens, our Hearts of Gold youth painted these precious ceramic hearts during one of their online get-togethers. Sid then mounted these works of art to unique memory blocks designed exclusively for CHN.

We invite you to bid on these collector items beginning Saturday, September 25, at 8:00 am, and ending Sunday, September 26, at 8:00/8:30 pm.

Items can be picked up in either Vancouver (Kerrisdale) or Richmond (Steveston) or shipped for an additional cost of $29 per tile.

Visa and Mastercard accepted.

Here is the link to get set up and to bid: 2021 CHN Sid Dickens Auction

We encourage you to forward the auction link to anyone you think might be interested in taking part in the auction and supporting the Children’s Heart Network. Please also share our posts on social media with your friends.

FYI: Staggered end times, anti-sniping, SMS text notifications, bid increments, etc.

We have staggered the end times for 8:00 pm and 8:30 pm to make it easier to bid on multiple memory blocks toward the end. The auction also has anti-sniping, which means that bidding is extended by three minutes if a bid is received within three minutes of the item’s end time, and will continue to do so until the bidding ends. You may sign up for SMS text notifications to receive instant notices on your mobile device if you are outbid. We do recommend that neither be relied upon and suggest that you check back near the auction closing time to avoid being outbid.

You must opt in to receive SMS notifications. To do this, go to “My Addresses” under “My Account,” and click on “Billing Address” to add your address/phone number. Detailed instructions, including a how-to video for those who like that, can be found under “Bidding Rules” > “SMS Text Notifications.” Once you log into the auction page, please read the instructions on “How to Bid,” the “Bidding Rules,” and the “Disclaimer,” all found at the top right under “How Bidding Works.”

Bid increments are set to $10. The auction does not include proxy bidding.

At the top of the auction page, please also see our “Send a Kid to Camp!” donation button (similar to what we have at the gala). This can be used even if you aren’t bidding but would like to make a donation directly to our camps. You will receive a tax receipt for the full amount.

Thank you so much for your support! Happy bidding, and good luck!

Sid Dickens grew up in the remote surroundings of Prince Rupert. He became a fisherman and then attended Emily Carr College of Art. After college he returned to Prince Rupert as a fisherman and flipped burgers for BC Ferries while saving for a trip to Europe. “Six months of backpacking in Europe turned out to be the key that unlocked a door I had never even known existed. Suddenly I found myself working with ancient imagery and felt a connection to it all.” Sid enrolled in an art school in Mexico for two years and then returned to Vancouver to open a small east-end studio. He made a number of panels and screens with classical figures and floral images. When a Hong Kong designer visited his studio, he was drawn to a random grouping of small pieces and ordered 400 of them. This was the start of his memory block success, which has brought recognition all over the world. These heart blocks look gorgeous in a stand or mounted on the wall in different patterns. Choose one or collect a few for your home or as priceless gifts.