By Jesse-Ann Hennessey
Special to KingsCountyNews.ca
Putting together a successful fundraiser can be hard work, and it can be difficult to tell if the hard work will pay off.
Senior members of Kentville’s Glooscap Curling Club know a thing or two about fundraisers and have recently taking on a new challenge. They are selling tickets for a picture, titled Everyone Rocks, by Canadian artist Joanne Gervais.
Jack Balsor said a lot of effort goes into putting together a fundraiser.
“It’s just a lot of hard work,” he said.
Frank Sprigges said doing the actual work to put the fundraiser together is where most of the effort goes in.
“The leg works is the biggest thing,” he explained. “We’ll have to sell a lot of tickets to make money off this particular fundraiser, because buying the picture took a fair amount of money. The lower price you pay, the more profit you will make.”
Volunteering is a big part of the club and keeps the membership fees down. There isn’t one member who wouldn’t volunteer to help with something, said Sprigges.
“I’ve been a member for three years and the biggest thing I’ve noticed is volunteerism,” he added.
The Kentville Glooscap Curling Club puts on things like suppers, yard sales and 50/50 draws to raise money for the club.
“All these things create a lot of operative fees for the club,” he said.
“If we didn’t have as much volunteerism, I wouldn’t be surprised if the membership fee doubled.”
John Calpin said 40 per cent of the Glooscap Curling Club’s revenue relies on fundraising and volunteer activities.
“Generally we rely on a lot of contributions,” Calpin said.
The reality of most associations like this one is the fee factor forces you into doing fundraisers, he added.
“It’s a way of life for our club.”