Way to go Lions! Telethon raises over $18,000

  • Dec. 6, 2013 8:00 p.m.

by Laura Bishop–The Masset-Haida Lions, generous donors, and volunteers raised over $18,000 on Saturday during their 35th annual telethon, said organizer Dave Smith. “It was a great effort and nice to have the entire community get together, even if it is just at one big event a year. It’s more than just a telethon, it’s a way for people to socialize and share their support. It really doesn’t get any better,” said Mr. Smith. He said the hall was packed for the first two hours and toward the end, they were left with a small but dedicated group. Some event highlights included a visit from Santa and children singing Christmas carols in Haida. For the Lions themselves, the most exciting part of the telethon was being able to donate a $12,000 cheque to the Northern Haida Gwaii hospital in Masset. Jon Short, Site Administrator and Lisa Froese, Nurse Manager were at the telethon to accept the donation on behalf of the hospital. Ms Froese said the money will be used to purchase a new medical bath tub to replace the old one. “It is fantastic that community members are generous during these events and are able to provide these kinds of important equipment for the hospital,” she said. Mr. Smith thanks everyone who donated and the volunteers who took time to support the Lions in another successful telethon. “We had a great bunch of volunteers. These people were laughing, smiling and complimenting each other. It isn’t necessarily like that every year and it really made me happy,” said Mr. Smith.