Kay’s Day a big suc­cess

10th an­niver­sary event raises record amount for cancer care

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

It has been nine years since Kay Shep­pard of Har­bour Grace lost her coura­geous bat­tle with breast cancer.

Kay was the owner of Kay’s Restau­rant in the town un­til 2002, when sis­ter-in-law Kathy Tet­ford took over. It was her health that led her to step aside. In Fe­bru­ary of 2005, Kay passed away. Two months af­ter her death, friends and fam­ily held an event in her hon­our — Kay’s Day, a fundraiser for the Dr. H. Bliss Mur­phy Cancer Care Foun­da­tion.

Tet­ford has been a driv­ing force be­hind the event since it be­gan, and continues to help or­ga­nize it each year. Dozens of vol­un­teers and friends of the event con­tinue to take part, with num­bers grow­ing ev­ery year.

The 10th Kay’s Day took place April 25 and 26.

“They set a goal of $10,000 this year,” Kay’s brother-in-law, Ge­orge Shep­pard, told The Com­pass May 1.

Af­ter the event was done, the to­tal was an­nounced at the Ma­sonic Lodge in Habour Grace. The event raised a grand to­tal of $14,280. Al­though the to­tal was sur­pris­ing, it was an in­di­vid­ual do­na­tion that gar­nered tears from Tet­ford and oth­ers in at­ten­dance.

The staff at Kay’s, along with vol­un­teers from the com­mu­nity, held fundrais­ers in­side the restau­rant through­out the year, rais­ing some $6,200. One of the most suc­cess­ful fundrais­ers was the sale of cro­cheted dish­cloth that col­lected $1,500. About 20 women from the com­mu­nity vol­un­teered their time to cro­chet the dish­cloths, Shep­pard said.

Al­though Tet­ford runs the restau­rant, the staff kept the to­tal a se­cret un­til the big re­veal. The event The event kicked off with, “Hymns of hope.” Each year, those fight­ing cancer, those who have beaten it and those who are mourn­ing a loss are in­vited to a church ser­vice. This year it was at Cough­lan United Church on Wa­ter Street, but it al­ter­nates parishes.

Dur­ing the open­ing event, it was re­vealed a long­time friend of Shep­pard and Tet­ford and vol­un­teer with Kay’s Day who had been fight­ing her own cancer bat­tle for years, was fi­nally cancer-free. Dawn Haire-Butt’s news set the tone for the whole weekend, Shep­pard ex­plained.

“This put ev­ery­one in great spir­its,” he con­tin­ued.

On Satur­day at the Ma­sonic Lodge, the very first goods bingo was held. The bingo was fol­lowed by lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment, and the sta­ple meal, fish and brewis. A dance con­cluded the event at 10 p.m. It was the most suc­cess­ful event to date, Shep­pard con­firmed.

The first Kay’s Day hosted the fish and brewis sup­per at Kay’s with lo­cal en­ter­tain- ment. Now it has grown to the weekend-long event.

On April 30, a group of vol­un­teers went to St. John’s to deliver the funds raised dur­ing the event to the an­nual 590 VOCM ra­dio-thon for the foun­da­tion. Dur­ing the ra­dio-thon, a gift was given to the group, which in­cluded Tet­ford and Shep­pard.

A col­lage of pre­vi­ous Kay’s Day events was pre­sented by mem­bers of the Cancer Care Foun­da­tion to com­mem­o­rate the groups 10th year donat­ing. Shep­pard ex­plained the foun­da­tion is a great or­ga­ni­za­tion, and all funds stay within the prov­ince.

“It is great when you see the ef­fects (of the fundrais­ing), when some­one ac­tu­ally beats the dis­ease,” Shep­pard ex­plained.

Sub­mit­ted pho­tos

A vol­un­teer group who took part in Kay’s Day in Har­bour Grace pre­sented a cheque for $14,280 to the Dr. H. Bliss Mur­phy Cancer Care Foun­da­tion on April 30. Those in at­ten­dance were, from left, Ge­orge Shep­pard, An­gela Bursey, Ken Tet­ford, Debby Vokey, Sarah Shep­pard, Jamie Critch, Karen Howse, Deb­bie Bursey, Mary Barnes, Yvonne Shep­pard, Kathy Tet­ford and Re­becca Shep­pard.

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