Com­mu­nity pulls through

Sackville Fire & Res­cue truck draw sells out

Sackville Tribune - - COMMUNITY - BY SCOTT DO­HERTY MAN­AG­ING ED­I­TOR

Mem­bers of Sackville Fire & Res­cue were in the mood to cel­e­brate Satur­day evening af­ter their an­nual truck draw fundraiser ended on a high note.

Ear­lier this month, they re­ported ticket sales were down com­pared to last year, spurring mem­bers to launch a last-minute blitz to sell as many tick­ets as pos­si­ble with just over a week re­main­ing.

A to­tal of 3,500 tick­ets are printed each year for the pop­u­lar fundraiser. If 2,800 tick­ets are not sold by the draw date, the top prize be­comes a 50/50 draw in­stead of a new truck. Now in its 13th year, the an­nual fundraiser had never gone to a 50/50 draw be­fore and this year proved to be no dif­fer­ent.

In fact, depart­ment mem­ber Laura Thurston said last Mon­day they sold out of tick­ets for the first time since 2006 af­ter more than 1,000 were pur­chased in the last two days lead­ing up to Satur­day night’s draw.

“Thank you to all our fire depart­ment mem­bers for their hard work in ac­com­plish­ing an­other suc­cess­ful truck draw,” she said, adding a “huge thank you to all our cor­po­rate spon­sors and ev­ery­one who sup­ported the fire depart­ment by pur­chas­ing a ticket.”

Funds from this year’s truck draw will be used to help in the con­struc­tion of a new train­ing fa­cil­ity for the lo­cal fire depart­ment.

Held in con­junc­tion with Sackville’s Fall Fair, the truck draw sees fire depart­ment mem­bers out in full force dur­ing the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion, host­ing an open house and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the yearly pa­rade.

“We are proud to rep­re­sent our com­mu­nity,” Thurston noted, “and to be in­volved in the an­nual Fall Fair ac­tiv­i­ties. Fall Fair has be­come an iconic event for our ‘lit­tle’ town.”

Sackville Fire & Res­cue mem­ber Laura Thurston con­grat­u­lates Michelle Casey of Amherst, N.S., this year’s grand prize win­ner in the depart­ment’s 2018 truck draw fundraiser.

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