A rotating cast of fast-talking emcees kept the bids bumping all day long. (Archie Stocker Sr./Haida Gwaii Observer)

Bidders ring in over $17,000 at Masset Haida Lions Telethon

Thanks to bidders, donors and extra-strength volunteers, the Masset Haida Lions Club telethon raised a grand total of $17,048 on Saturday.

Broadcast on live TV and now streaming on Facebook, the telethon raises thousands of dollars each year for community causes such as new equipment at the Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital, travel support for youth sports teams in the north end, and help for families facing urgent medical or other emergency needs.

“All the money raised on the island stays on the island,” said Joshua Smith, president of the Masset Haida Lions Club, which most recently helped the Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay cross-country running team fly to provincials in Nanaimo.

About the only off-island exception is the Lions’ long-standing support for the Easter Seal House in Vancouver, where Haida Gwaii residents can stay while supporting loved ones in the city for medical care.

On Saturday, Smith also announced the Lions’ Citizen of the Year — long-time volunteer and Corporal Connor Miller. Besides providing a big help to the Masset Legion, Smith noted that Miller went out of his way to rescue a wild calf stuck in the mud near Ops last year.

“Holy cow,” said Miller on receiving the award.

With jokes from the likes of naughty nonnis Sphenia Jones and Elsie Bramble, an in-person loonie/toonie auction, and a visit from Santa Claus, the top auction items up for bid at this year’s telethon included a mask carved by Leo Gagnon, a Haida art print by Frank Williams, a $700 halibut reel donated by Escott Sportfishing, a fishing charter donated by Wiah Point Adventures, a recliner from MacKenzie Furniture, a kayak trip with Budgies Backpackers and Sighteers, plus a return trip for two to Vancouver donated by Pacific Coastal Airlines.

 

Naughty nonnis Elsie Bramble, left, and Sphenia Jones make fun of a lazy dam beaver. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Just Posted

Seven arrested in drug trafficking investigation

Queen Charlotte RCMP arrested seven people in connection to a drug trafficking… Continue reading

QC, Port commit to electric car infrastructure

Municipalities opt in for Hwy. 16 charging network

More sailings coming to Haida Gwaii

The B.C. government says Haida Gwaii’s two BC Ferries routes are among… Continue reading

More sailings coming to 10 BC Ferries’ routes

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said the sailings were originally cut in 2014

Mold shuts down construction at QC supportive housing project

Construction of the new 19-unit modular housing complex in Queen Charlotte has… Continue reading

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Pope’s sex abuse prevention summit explained

It’s A high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops the global problem

B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

No treatment for highly infectious measles, says doctor

10 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver as of Friday

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Most Read