Bingo!

TV games raise money

Cape Breton Post - - COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS - De­bra Mur­ray

The Ki­wa­nis Golden K Club of Syd­ney has been part­nered un­der con­tract with Eastlink TV for more than 30 years to pro­vide weekly TV bingo games that last an hour to Eastlink cus­tomers.

The games are broad­cast on chan­nel 10 each Wed­nes­day evening at 6 and Eastlink do­nates the fa­cil­ity, air­time and tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise re­quired.

This is the pri­mary fundrais­ing event Golden K has yearly. Our part­ner­ship with Eastlink is ap­pre­ci­ated and vi­tal. With­out pro­ceeds from TV bingo games, with­out Eastlink TV’s con­sis­tent sup­port of our club, we’d be un­able to do­nate fund­ing of any mag­ni­tude to so many lo­cal projects and char­i­ties each year.

Bingo cards cost $6 each at 35 lo­ca­tions around the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. View­ers must call the des­ig­nated TV bingo phone num­ber as soon as they have bingo and they will be given fur­ther di­rec­tions. Later, the win­ning card is mailed to our bingo com­mit­tee trea­surer who ver­i­fies the card be­fore mail­ing any cheques. The games strictly ad­here to Nova Sco­tia Gam­ing Com­mis­sion rules.

Each week Golden K mem­bers run six $200 games, plus a jack­pot game start­ing at $3,000. If the jack­pot isn’t won in a pre­de­ter­mined num­ber of balls, we play through for a prize of $500. This means the min­i­mum prize money we award each week is $1,700. That’s im­pres­sive.

We also have a loonie or lucky ball pot, into which $1 from each bingo card sold is placed, and then one lucky ball is drawn each game night. If some­one gets bingo in the lucky ball draw they win the en­tire loonie pot. We sell roughly 700-800 cards per week so the pot can cer­tainly grow. We’ve ac­tu­ally been known to give away as much as $12,000 to $15,000 twice yearly to a lucky in­di­vid­ual just on the bonus pot alone.

The Ki­wa­nis TV bingo com­mit­tee, one of 23 dif­fer­ent com­mit­tees on which our mem­bers proudly serve, is made up of seven teams of three Ki­wa­ni­ans each. The mem­bers man the phones and the con­trol room for two weeks and then each other team takes over in their turn.

Help­ing with TV bingo weekly, we have a gen­tle­man who de­liv­ers the cards to the more than 40 dif­fer­ent pur­chase lo­ca­tions and later re­turns to col­lect the monies raised. We also have a bingo caller. Th­ese men are not Ki­wa­ni­ans, but have been with us since TV bingo’s in­cep­tion. They re­ceive an hon­o­rar­ium for their ded­i­ca­tion to Ki­wa­nis Golden K.

The trea­surer of the Ki­wa­nis Golden K TV bingo com­mit­tee pays any bills and awards all prizes weekly. Re­main­ing pro­ceeds from this TV bingo event are turned over to the gen­eral fund of the Golden K Club of Syd­ney and are later dis­trib­uted to com­mu­nity projects and groups in need who’ve made a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion to us for fund­ing. Dis­tri­bu­tion of funds raised takes place only af­ter ap­proval from our ded­i­cated board of di­rec­tors.

As with any and all, Ki­wa­nis Golden K com­mit­tees, should any TV bingo vol­un­teer be un­able to ful­fill his or her duty at any time, hands will fly in the air at our weekly meet­ing of­fer­ing to be a re­place­ment. We are a tightknit group, ded­i­cated to our cause and con­tin­u­ously will­ing to as­sist and sup­port each other.

For a spe­cific list of bingo card out­lets please go to: http://my.eastlink.ca/east­linktv/home/pro­gram­ming/tvbingo/tvbin­gosyd­ney.aspx

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Golden K mem­ber Paul Young is shown at the con­trols for TV bingo.

Golden K mem­ber Ernie Redquest mans the phones as TV bingo call­ers make con­tact.

KJ Mac­Don­ald is the of­fi­cial bingo caller for TV bingo.

Easklink TV is the ma­jor fundrais­ing spon­sor of TV bingo.

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