Le Nichoir $37,000 richer, thanks to national contest
BC group stages voting coup to take first
When all was said and done Sunday, the little bird rehabilitation centre from Hudson walked away in second place with $37,249 as its share of a $100,000 environmental grant that had been up for grabs in a nationwide popularity contest on social media website Facebook.
Though Le Nichoir held the lead during most of the competition its closest competitor, The British Columbia SPCA Wild ARC staged a last minute voting coup Sunday afternoon that translated to 4,000 new votes in a matter of hours. The BC group won with 38,064 votes to Le Nichoir’s 36,421. The BC SPCA will take home $38,930 of the grant money, all of which will be divided up between five environmental groups promoting wildlife and wilderness protection across Canada.
The Jamieson Vitamins Call for the Wild! contest that had run from Aug. 13 to Sept. 16 saw voters pick their favourite organization daily by going to the vitamin company’s Facebook page.
Rounding out the top five was third place winner The David Suzuki Foundation with the 15,300 votes that earned them $15,648, Salmon & Trout Restoration of Newfoundland in fourth with 5,226 votes ($5,345) and Nature Saskatchewan in fifth with 2,765 votes ($2,828).
Le Nichoir President Lindsay D’Aoust, a volunteer with the organization, says the money will be used to help fund the building of a $500,000 year-round rehabilitation and education facility.
“We’ve been operating out of a 175-year- old barn that was built to be used as a barn so at this time of year we’re acutely aware that it’s not heated,” D’Aoust said with a laugh. D’Aoust says volunteers have been working tirelessly for the past few years to raise the funds needed to begin construction on the new facility. “We are $175,000 short and we’re not borrowing any money to do this, so this $37,000 will come in very handy.”
D’Aoust says Le Nichoir was “orders of magnitude” smaller than all of the other organizations featured in the contest. “So many more people are aware of us now, which is great,” she noted. Le Nichoir received votes in the contest from as far away as New Zealand, Germany, Asia, Switzerland, and the U.S. while the majority were from people in the region.
To learn more about Le Nichoir, go to www.lenichoir.org.