An enthusiastic crowd dressed in their St. Paddy’s day best and danced the night away at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre last Friday, March 17, in support of the Atlantic Burn Camp and the Almost Home Women’s Shelter in Sydney. Nova Scotia Power’s 12th annual St. Paddy’s Bash raised a record-breaking $26,000 for the two inspiring local charities.
Organized by Nova Scotia Power employees, the Bash has raised more than $180,000 over the last 12 years. The cabaret style event never disappoints with performances by Nova Scotia Power employees and the fun-filled evening is enjoyed by employees and community members alike.
Senior Engineer Yvon LeFort has volunteered with the fundraiser since it originated 12 years ago. “It’s always a really fun event with great people and great entertainment,” he said. “What’s most important for me is being able to help such worthy causes. The two charities are so appreciative and the funds we donate each year are quite substantial for them.”
The Bash alone completely funds the Atlantic Burn Camp each year, which is a weeklong camp in Sydney free of charge for children who have suffered severe burns, and is a large supporter of the Almost Home Women’s Shelter.
“The support of Nova Scotia Power has been a blessing to us,” said Raylene Theriault, Almost Home Program Coordinator. “Without it, I fear we would’ve closed our doors years ago.”
Proceeds from the St. Paddy’s Day Bash have gone towards new beds, a fridge, a stove and unexpected repairs at the shelter. Funds raised have also helped over 350 women cover the costs of dental work, glasses, haircuts, Christmas gifts, transit fares and groceries.
“Nova Scotia Power has given hope and joy to women who had lost that. For that we will be ever grateful,” added Raylene.