Nipissing Serenity Hospice has its first 50/50 winner.
Bernadette Lindsay Fund Development Coordinator at Nipissing Serenity Hospice presented North Bay's Norm Hillock with a cheque for $14,865 as the April 50/50 winner.
Hillock was born and raised in Hamilton, but has called North Bay home since 1993. He has been a Lions club member for 39 years and knows how hard Covid-19 has been on fundraising.
“I support what you’re doing and I’ll support it again…it’s a great cause,” says Hillock.
Each month, there will be a minimum jackpot of $5,000, but Lindsay hopes that the take-home prize will be much higher.
“This is a great opportunity for us and for our supporters. It truly is win-win," she said in a news release. "The more tickets we sell, the higher the jackpot will be and the more funds we will have to do some great things in our Hospice.”
Gil Pharand, Executive Director of the Hospice hopes that the new lottery helps bridge a funding gap in its budget.
“In the grander scheme of things we are still a very new facility. We appreciate the community support that we have received to date. We are only 60 per cent funded and the 50/50 lottery can provide us with much-needed funds to assist us in offering excellence in residential hospice palliative care. We operate 24/7 and our services are free of charge.”
Pharand also says that COVID-19 has had an impact on the hospice’s revenue in the past year and the hospice needed to think outside the box to be strategic about fundraising.
To buy a raffle ticket click here.
When purchasing there are options of 150 tickets for $40, 60 tickets for $20 and 10 tickets for $10.