Better late than never
Eleven years ago, the Sydney Credit Union made a $400 donation to the Cape Breton Fireghters Burn Care Society.
is week, the cheque was deposited.
Greg Macphee, a building inspector with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, said while searching a desk drawer last week he came across the 2007 donation that had obviously been misplaced.
“You know how you get that funny feeling in your stomach?” he asked.
“It was that kind of thing.” Everything began 11 years ago when CBRM building inspectors hosted a golf tournament fundraiser for the Cape Breton Fireg-hters Burn Care Society.
“We did it for a couple of years,” Macphee said. “I think this was the last one we were able to do.”
Macphee, who chaired the fundraiser, had a small cash box where he kept any cash donations and a hanging le folder for cheques. All members would collect donations and pass them to the treasurer, who would then deposit them in the fundraiser account.
e tournament raised about $22,000.
A few days ago, Macphee was looking for something in his desk and, after moving his hanging folders, spotted an envelope from the Sydney Credit Union that contained the 2007 cheque.
Although after 11 years no one would have been the wiser if he had simply shredded the cheque to save face, Macphee said the thought never crossed his mind.
“That money means a lot to those people,” he said.
“ ere is a lot they can do with that money.”
Although Macphee felt the cheque had probably expired, he went to the credit union anyway, with the hope they’d still honour it.
“I thought if they couldn’t honour the cheque maybe they’d still make a donation because of it,” he said. “ ey did honour it, though, and I thought that was pretty good of them.”
Macphee said the onus of car- ing for the cheque was on him. He now believes that, when putting it into the folder, he must have missed it somehow and it slipped underneath.
He contacted the Cape Breton Post because he felt the credit union deserved some goodwill for stepping up 11 years later.
“It was misplaced, and we didn’t even know it was misplaced,” he said.
“I felt pretty bad about it.” Macphee also contacted Nick Davis, president of the Cape Breton Fire ghters Burn Care Society. “He was very appreciative.” Yianni Harbis, manager, branch and commercial banking, for the Sydney Credit Union, said where the bank account for the fundraiser had closed, they simply made out the new cheque directly to the society.
“We are a credit union so we certainly listen to more than just the black and white, “he said.
“It made sense for us from a logical perspective to do that for him.”
However, he said because it was an o cial cheque it was still good, despite the passage of time.