New home for fundraiser

‘(Desserts) come from ev­ery­where we can get them’

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The Un­der­cur­rent Youth Cen­tre’s ma­jor fundraiser has grown so much, the venue has changed three times.

This is the fifth year for the youth cen­tre’s all-you-can-eat dessert and auc­tion fundraiser which takes place Satur­day in Glace Bay.

The youth cen­tre is lo­cated in the Light­house Church.

“We’ve gone from us­ing the small space in the church in the sanc­tu­ary to the gym and now this year to the Glace Bay fire hall be­cause we needed the room,” said vol­un­teer Jen­nifer Lud­low.

She said about 100 peo­ple at­tended the first event and more than 200 peo­ple were at last year’s fundraiser.

She at­tributes the in­crease in the pop­u­lar­ity of the event to the in­crease in the num­ber of youth at Un­der­cur­rent.

“The amount of kids that come to the youth cen­tre has dou­bled in that time. There would be more par­ents com­ing out as well, and the com­mu­nity sup­port has kept grow­ing.”

She said the chil­dren be­long­ing to the youth cen­tre five years ago are now ju­nior lead­ers, so sup­port grows from the youth as well.

Lud­low said even the busi­ness com­mu­nity sup­ports the cen­tre and last year pro­vided more than 100 items for the auc­tion. The sup­port is sim­i­lar this year.

Lud­low said the desserts are also do­nated, com­ing from busi­nesses, mem­bers of the church, youth lead­ers and vol­un­teers.

“They come from ev­ery­where we can get them. I have a mes­sage from a lady I don’t even know won­der­ing when she can drop sweets off. My friends and fam­ily even bake. “

As well she said the event gained mo­men­tum, as it’s a lot of fun.

Al­fie MacLeod, Syd­ney River-Mira-Louisbourg MLA, is the auc­tion­eer and he brings along his friend Ed­die Or­rell, the MLA for Cape Bre­ton North.

Lud­low

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