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This car was auctioned over and over again to raise money for a bereft family

The community came together to raise money for two children whose parents died in a motorcycle crash.

A grieving family has been left astounded by several wonderful acts of kindness at a car auction in Alberta, Canada.

The family were left devastated earlier in 2018 when Brent and Nicole Keryluke died in a motorcycle crash. Their two children are now being cared for by their grandparents with the help of family.

To raise money for the children, both of whom have hearing impairments, the difficult decision was made to sell the 1973 Pontiac Parisienne their son had enjoyed working on.

But what actually happened when the auction got started astounded them and everybody else at Electric Garage Auctions, with the car being repeatedly sold and donated back to the family.

This was an incredible moment for all involved, EG AUCTIONS did a very very outstanding thing for a family who just had a terrible tragedy. The small kids on stage just lost their parents 2 months ago in a horrible motorcycle accident, the grandparents on stage lost their son and daughter in law. Now they are the guardians of the 2 young grandkids who by the way are hearing impaired and have extra costs to go with their growing up. The entire customer base and EG AUCTION staff got together and had an emotional 10 mins auction selling this car for the family —- it’s amazing what happens, pls watch the video as there was not a dry eye in the place. At the end of it all we raised approx 100,000 for the family and the 3rd buyer gave the car back to the family!!! Sometime tragedy brings out the best in people, so sorry for the family but so proud of RED DEER and OUR CUSTOMERS from EG AUCTIONS, it will be a never forget moment!!

Posted by Rod Burnett on Saturday, September 8, 2018

The car was initially bought for $29,000 before being donated back, where it was sold for $30,000 before being donated back again. It was then sold for $20,000 one final time before being given back to the family.

During the auction, others made individual donations to the family also, with around $100,000 reportedly raised in total, while the family got to keep the car, which has huge sentimental value.

“None of us knew how powerful the actual moment would be,” said Rod Burnett, the auctioneer, who also owns Global College of Auctioneering Ltd. “It was an amazing moment in everyone’s lives that was there.

“My faith in people grew somewhat that afternoon. It’s so moving because most of us have young families and I couldn’t imagine my kids being alone without me.

“The family couldn’t believe it. They are most appreciative and I think are still in awe from the public support of their family. I would say the message is, out of a massive tragedy such as this a positive is still able to be found.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the family, and can be visited by clicking here.

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