Computer manufacturer Lenovo, worldwide partner for the Olympic torch relay and top sponsor of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, has announced plans for a global online philanthropic auction.
It will feature limited-edition notebook computers inspired by the Lenovo-designed 2008 Olympic torch. In all, around 24 limited-edition notebook PCs will be put on auction in the weeks preceding the Olympics, the company said on Tuesday.
To mark the six-month countdown to the Olympic Games, a series of back-to-back, week-long auctions will begin on Feb 8, 2008, and conclude just prior to the games.
Each week, a notebook PC on the theme 'cloud of promise' will be available for bidding during a seven-day period. Many of these notebook PCs will be autographed by athlete ambassadors - Lenovo Champions - offering fans the chance to bid to own a part of Olympic history.
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to take our design for the 'cloud of promise' even further," said Yao Yingjia, director of Lenovo's innovation design centre and leader of the team that designed the torch for the relay.
The proceeds from the auction will be distributed through the Lenovo Hope Fund to select philanthropies, including Right to Play. The auction will take place at www.lenovohopefundauctions.com .