Hud­son bird centre hol­ding lead

Con­test ends next week

L'Etoile - - IN OTHER WORDS -

Though Que­be­cers went to the polls yes­ter­day to vote in the pro­vin­cial elec­tion, ma­ny have been vo­ting ear­ly, and of­ten, in a na­tio­nal so­cial me­dia con­test that could great­ly aid a Hud­son bird shel­ter.

Though the re­sults will not be­come fi­nal un­til next week, Le Ni­choir Wild Bird Re­ha­bi­li­ta­tion Centre in Hud­son is ahead in the con­test that will see the non­pro­fit centre share a por­tion of a $100,000 grant.

As of yes­ter­day mor­ning, Le Ni­choir had 19,193 on-line votes, while its clo­sest com­pe­ti­tor, the Bri­tish Co­lum­bia SPCA Wild ARC, was trai­ling with 17,984 votes. The num­ber of votes gar­ne­red by Le Ni­choir means the centre is cur­rent­ly on­tap to re­ceive $38,843 of the to­tal $100,000 grant mo­ney. It’s un­clear if Le Ni­choir can break the $40,000 mark be­fore the con­test closes on Sept. 16.

Other non-pro­fit wild­life and wil­der­ness pro­grams en­te­red in­to Ja­mie­son Vi­ta­mins’ Call For The Wild! Com­pe­ti­tion in­clude Na­ture Sas­kat­che­wan, The Da­vid Su­zu­ki Foun­da­tion, and the Newfoundland Sal­mon & Trout Res­to­ra­tion As­so­cia­tion. Vo­ting is not near­ly as strong for the other groups. The Da­vid Su­zu­ki Foun­da­tion, for example, had just 7,860 votes yes­ter­day, while the Newfoundland sal­mon or­ga­ni­za­tion had 2,761 and Na­ture Sas­kat­che­wan had 1,614.

Each vote nets the group of choice a bit more of the to­tal grant fun­ding.

Le Ni­choir, the lar­gest song­bird re­ha­bi­li­ta­tion centre in Ca­na­da, is de­di­ca­ted to the ethi­cal and hu­mane treat­ment of in­ju­red and or­pha­ned wild birds, and to the birds’ re­lease back in­to the wild once they are hea­led. The non-pro­fit centre is run al­most en­ti­re­ly through cor­po­rate and pri­vate do­na­tions. It is in the middle of a fun­drai­sing cam­pai­gn in or­der to build a state-of-theart edu­ca­tion and re­ha­bi­li­ta­tion centre in Hud­son.

To vote in the com­pe­ti­tion, which ends Sept. 16, go to Ja­mie­son Vi­ta­mins’ Fa­ce­book page, fa­ce­book.com/ja­mie­son­vi­ta­mins. People can vote once each day un­til the con­test ends.

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