An annual fundraising supper on Canada Day is taking a break this year, but organizers are still hoping donations will come in.
The Balfron Community Association has been hosting the fundraiser since 1992, helping to disperse money to a number of organizations and causes locally. This year, the School Memories celebration runs from June 30 to July 2, and a few of those from the community association are helping out with the three-day event.
“We’re losing a lot of our young people to work the memories weekend,” said Mabel Beck.
“A lot are helping to look after the wine and cheese Friday night,” Linda MacKinnon added.
“And that would have been our prime cooking day,” Sandra Cunningham said.
Another association member, Linda Glass, is busy prepping for Canada Day festivities at the Creamery Square.
“It was going to be difficult to host it,” said Cunningham. “We still want to give to our charities, and we’re hoping people will still donate.”
Carrie Matheson said the supper started as a way to raise funds at one time, instead of many people from the various charities canvassing door-to-door.
“We gathered food and hosted the supper. By this time, a lot of women had been working, so it was difficult to continue going door-to-door,” she said.
Throughout the years, the supper has raised between $1,000 and $1,500, on average. Regular charities benefitting from the supper are the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche Fire Department, Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Diabetes Association, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
Others, such as Canadian Red Cross and the hospital auxiliary’s strawberry fest, have also benefited in the past, and some money goes for upkeep at the Balfron Community Hall. Some money is also held onto, in case families in the area need assistance following an emergency, such as a fire.
Anyone still wishing to donate to the association on behalf of the charities can do so by calling Ken Beck at 902-675-2925, or Linda MacKinnon at 902-657-2658 or emailing email@example.com.