It’s been over a year since the impact of the pandemic spread to our community and forced so many businesses to move to virtual means or shut their doors all together. Through it all, local non-profits acting as an essential service have had to not only adapt programming to meet new community needs, but shift where and how they raise the funding.
The HRM organization Family SOS, a child-centered non-profit focused on supporting local families knows this fate all too well. After a year of experimenting with different virtual fundraising methods, Family SOS sees a common difference between the failures and successes – listening to the community and asking for their help.
“We learned that the most successful raffles, or fundraisers of any kind, gave participants a chance to win a small bit of normalcy. “ said Mary Acton-Bond, Executive Director at Family SOS throughout the pandemic, “Whether that be spending time outdoors golfing, delicious local food, or simply doing something special with family, we know these are the things our community is missing right now.”
Through this thinking, and the generous support of organizer Barry Pitcher, Family SOS announces the launch of their second annual Great Golf Raffle this month. This year’s grand prize will be valued at over $2,500.00 and will feature over thirty golf passes to some of Nova Scotia’s most exclusive courses as well as a $100 gift card to Kandy Golf (Dartmouth), a $40 gift card to Golf Central (Bayers Lake) and “buckets of balls” at Fairview Hills Golf Centre and Driving Range.
The winning ticket will be drawn by The Honourable Arthur J. Leblanc ONS, QC. on May 26th, 2021 at Government House. Proceeds raised will directly support Family SOS summer programming for children and teens in Halifax.