Over on the Harmony Central bass forum there's a long-time community member who has taken seriously ill. He won't be able to play anymore so he's selling his bass and amp on ebay.
The HCBF community has started up a little collection with the intent of winning the auction and donating it to a worthy cause (as yet undetermined, so any ideas are welcome at this stage) in his name. Any money left over from said collection will also be given to him to help out with his inevitable medical bills.
He doesn't know about this whole scheme yet, so it will undoubtedly be a very nice surprise for him.