Telethon raises over $20,000

  • Dec. 2, 2010 3:00 p.m.

Saturday’s Masset-Haida Lions telethon was a huge success, says telethon chair Bob Isaacs, raising about $20,500 and possibly more. Mr. Isaacs said donations are still coming in, making this year’s total very close to previous years, despite a slow start and the poor economy. “It was great, we had somewhere around 242 items donated,” he said. “It was just phenomenal when you look at the economy this year.” The telethon started at 10 am and a team of volunteers stayed busy all day until the final item was auctioned off at 12:30 am. Wendell Williams made his annual walk from Masset to Port Clements and back for pledges, and Masset public works employee Sylvan Daugert got his head shaved, raising more than $500, Mr. Isaacs said. A kiss wasn’t on the list of auction items, but when a woman in the audience offered to donate $20 if she got a smooch from RCMP Sgt. Grant MacDonald, the sergeant stepped up to the plate, Mr. Isaacs said. Most of the money raised by the Lions will be going to the local hospital, and about 10 percent will go to the Easter Seal House in Vancouver. “We raised the money for patient comfort, for extras,” Mr. Isaacs said. “This year’s telethon was a huge success.”