Masset telethon a success, again

  • Nov. 28, 2007 9:00 a.m.

It’s over, the organizers are taking it easy, and the money is rolling in. The 28th annual Masset-Haida Telethon started and ended Saturday, with a grand total of $20,274.04 raised! While that figure is lower than last year by about $8,000, it’s still remarkable, considering that the combined population of Masset and Old Massett is only 1,634. That means each resident contributed $12.40 on average!”We did awesome. I was quite pleased. I was hoping to hit the 20-grand mark, and we did it. It was awesome,” said Bob Isaacs, telethon chair. “One thing about the people here, they are so giving, the generosity. We were the last of a run of three.” he said, referring to the fact that two other organizations held fund raising events in the two weeks before. His wife Mary is the president of the sponsoring Lions Club, and she told us two highlights of the telethon were the 37-inch flat panel TV donated by the Coop and two return tickets to Vancouver donated by Pacific Coastal Airlines. Both went for $1,000 or more. “That was a big boost,” she said. Anyone who has not picked up and paid for their item is asked to please do so at the village office this week. And Bob Isaacs, telethon chair three times running, said he’s not interested in doing it a fourth time. “Uh, I say no”, he said. But when we mentioned he might have a change of heart by next year, he agreed. “I might feel differently” he admitted.