Support a good cause in the Pigeons For Life Auction starting on 8th of December!

Over the past several years Belgium has had an annual charity event just before Christmas called Music For Life. This Winter PIPA and the Vandenabeele family will be joining in by launching their own initiative: Pigeons For Life. We are selling eight highly exclusive pigeons, the revenue of which goes entirely to charity.

Fanciers with high averages and the most expensive pigeons

It was Ilse Vandenabeele, daughter of the Belgian champion Gaby Vandenabeele, who launched the initiative. PIPA contacted the fanciers with the highest average sale prices and the most expensive pigeons in recent years and asked if they were willing to sell a very exclusive pigeon in auction. We found eight fanciers who agreed to sell eight world class pigeons in our Pigeons For Life Auction, which launches on 8th of December 2017:

  • Gaby Vandenabeele: a youngster of top breeder Rudy, himself a son of the illustrious Bliksem and a sire of Super Romeo (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance Yearlings 2013) and New Bliksem (1st Nat. Tulle 2014)
  • Bart Geerinckx: a youngster of Blue Lagoon (1st Prov. Montluçon and 1st Interprov. Blois and the sire of Little Star (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance Yearlings 2015)) x Young Favourite (from the line of Wittekop Sylvester and Gladiator)
  • PIPA Elite Center: a youngster of Porsche 911 (5th Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance 2015), himself a son of super class breeder Lieve (a daughter of the Geerinckx phenomenon Gladiator and the dam of Boxster (8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance 2015))
  • Jan Hooymans: double inbred to the renowned super breeder Harry (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance WHZB 2009, a grandson of Bliksem and the sire of Beauty Harry (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon PIPA rankings young birds middle distance))
  • De Smeyter-Restiaen: a youngster of Red Ace (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance 2016) from its father's side, a grandchild of Cas (1st Int. Pau 2015) from its mother's side (Cas is a grandchild of Joost (1st Int. Perpignan Yearlings 2003))
  • Jelle Jellema: a grandchild of New Laureaat (1st Int. Barcelona 2013 from the line of Laureaat Barcelona (1st Int. Barcelona 1995)) from its father's side and a youngster of Romee (1st Int. Marathon Pigeon Europa Cup 2014 and 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Best Of The Best 2013) from its mother's side
  • Gino Clicque: a granddaughter of both Golden Prince (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance 2014 sold for 360,000 EUR) and Prince Rudy (1st Nat. Limoges 2015 and a grandson of Rudy), which means she is heavily inbred to Super Prince (2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance 2010)
  • Cor De Heijde: double inbred to Don Michel, the number one stock breeder and winner of 4 x top 60 national, and the (great-)grandfather of 3 x 1st National and a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance 2008


As always, all the pigeons will come with a pedigree, a DNA certificate, a professional picture and an extensive description. We would like to thank the fanciers depicted above, as well as our partners Pigen, Pigeon Photography and Grafisch Ontwerp Ruth, who also supported our initiative by providing their services for free.

Entire revenue donated to four good causes

Music For Life was initially focused around a single good cause but since a few years people can select their own good causes. After a thorough analysis, and after sitting down with each organisation, we selected four good causes

These four organisations will be further introduced in the course of the next few weeks.

Support charity and promote pigeon racing!

With our Pigeons For Life initiative we want to support each of these good causes financially, but we also want to bring pigeon racing in the spotlight from a different angle, as a sport where everybody has their heart in the right place. We, together with the fanciers involved and the selected organisations, hope to see you around to bid on the eight top quality pigeons that were selected especially for this charity auction!

Pigeons For Life Auction starts: Friday 8 December 2017
Pigeons For Life Auction ends: Monday 18 December 2017