ADVOCATE HARBOUR – Sarah Berry would have been happy to raise $1,000 for the local school sports programs, but her community had bigger ideas.
Berry, Doris Collins, and Karen McCully, parents who work at the local store, went on to raise $4,583 in their first-ever online auction fundraiser through Facebook, surprising themselves and providing a huge boost to the school’s programs. Berry and Collins visited the school on Nov. 13 to present the cheque to the students and staff.
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The students and staff of Advocate District School welcomed the presentation of $4,583 from parents Sarah Berry and Doris Collins on Nov. 13. The money was raised through an online auction to support the school's sports programs.
One lady from Halifax even offered a donation after reading about the event in an article in The Citizen-Record, according to Berry, who said she was thrilled with the response.
“We’re really pleased that every single person who bid was honest and brought in their money,” she said. “We raised a bigger amount than we thought we would.”
There were loud cheers from the crowd as she announced the amount raised, and presented the cheque to those gathered, promising that the auction fundraiser will return every fall.
The money will go a long way with the sports programs, according to school principal Don Gamblin, who said it will be used for everything from team uniforms to trips.
“The biggest thing is that it shows how much support that the community and the parents have for the school,” said Gamblin. “A lot of participants in the auction had fun with it too. I think people are really looking forward to the next one.”