Chip­ping in

TCL Chip Wagon also rais­ing money for char­i­ties, cre­at­ing jobs

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­

Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club rais­ing money with chip wagon.

When the chips are down, a lo­cal club finds another way to keep go­ing.

The Glace Bay Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club has opened the TCL Chip Wagon, lo­cated in the Town Cen­tre Lanes park­ing lot on Com­mer­cial Street, Glace Bay.

“We def­i­nitely need money to keep go­ing, our hall needs a lot of work done,” said Bobby Dono­van, club trea­surer.

“We ap­plied for fund­ing from the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity but were turned down. They told us to try again in April.”

Dono­van said they’re hop­ing with com­mu­nity sup­port, the chip wagon will not only help the club main­tain the bowl­ing lanes and hall, but also raise money for char­i­ties and cre­ate jobs.

A to­tal of 50 cents from ev­ery box of french fries will help women re­cov­er­ing from breast can­cer.

“We have $1,000 we are do­nat­ing (Mon­day),” Dono­van said. “We need to raise money but it’s also cre­at­ing jobs and we’re help­ing out peo­ple who need help be­cause as a club that’s what we do.”

A visit from the fire in­spec­tor re­sulted in a list of things which had to be fixed.

Although much of the work has been done, about $10,000 will be needed for the sprin­kler sys­tem and $80,000 is re­quired to up­date the gym­na­sium.

“We need to do this gym over for the kids,” he said, adding work is needed to the ceil­ing, walls and floors. “We get 150 kids in there ev­ery day be­tween cheer­lead­ing and floor hockey.”

The Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club pur­chased the Town Bowl­ing Lanes and Knox Hall seven years ago, to keep the bowl­ing lanes and hall go­ing and to raise money for com­mu­nity projects and char­i­ties.

Since pur­chas­ing the build­ing, some $330,000 has been put into it, $130,000 from the club and $200,000 from var­i­ous grants. The club also pur­chased new bowl­ing pins and balls at a cost of $17,000 and paid that bill through fundrais­ing ef­forts.

A new roof was put on the hall, the hall­way and kitchen were ren­o­vated and new win­dows, doors and wash­rooms put in on both lev­els. The club also raised $9,000 for a new fur­nace.

“We put in at least $30,000 of our money into the hall this year alone with new fire alarms, a new panel box, exit signs, fix­ing up the power room.”

Money the Y’s Men raise comes from op­er­at­ing the lanes and hall, as well as from side projects in­clud­ing selling Christ­mas trees and now the chip wagon.


Jeanette Mac­Don­ald, cook at the TCL Chip Wagon and Shaun Toms, cashier, both also mem­bers of the Glace Bay Y’s Men’s and Y’s Women’s Club, pre­pare to open for busi­ness, Mon­day. The chip wagon opened last week and the money raised will go to­ward main­tain­ing the bowl­ing al­ley and hall, cre­at­ing jobs and rais­ing funds for other causes.

The TCL Chip Wagon is parked in the Town Bowl­ing Lanes park­ing lot, Com­mer­cial Street, Glace Bay.

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