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.

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