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Bus trip to Casino Rama another huge success

July 12, 2017   ·   0 Comments

Eva Bradley (right) turns over the proceeds from her recent fundraiser at Casino Rama to Our Town Food Bank president, Robine Hawke. Eva raised $684 this year, but has been fundraising for local community groups for more than 10 years.

 

 

By Wendy Gabrek

 

Tottenham resident Eva Bradley has spent the past 10 years of her life fundraising for local charities.
This year, despite her own personal circumstances, Eva once again hosted a bus trip to Casino Rama, with proceeds benefitting the Our Town Food Bank (Tottenham/Beeton).
Back in April, Bradley’s bus departed for Rama with 55 people aboard.
Bradley charged only her direct cost for the bus – $10 per person – with $5 from every seat going to Our Town (the other $5 paid for the bus).
Between tickets proceeds, and Eva’s collection can, a total of $684 was turned over to Robine Hawke, president of Our Town, in a cheque presentation earlier this month.
“We are very thankful for our community, because without our community we couldn’t do what we do,” said Hawke.
And what the Our Town does is feed more than 100 local families each month, with more stepping forward during the holiday season.
The donation will be used to help keep shelves full during the summer cottage season, before school groups start fundraising and collecting non-perishable food items again in the fall.
Eva said she too was grateful for the community effort, because without a full bus, she faces penalty charges from Rama, which hinders her ability to give back.
“We need to have fifty people on the bus every time we go to Rama,” Bradley told The Times. “If I don’t, I have to pay $25 per empty seat. So, by charging only $10, I’m unable to cover the cost of the bus itself.”
A big commitment, Bradley says she works hard to fill the bus and keep the fundraising ongoing out of her sheer love for our community and its residents.
“I just try to explain to people why I need them to share the event with their friends and family, and why payment is due at the time of booking and is non-refundable,” she said.
Eva pays for the cost of advertising and administration fees out of her own pocket.
“I want to thank everybody who took part in the bus trip and made their donations,” Eva adds. “Every little bit helps.”
The date of the next bus trip to Casino Rama has not yet been determined.
“I hope to do another trip this year, but at this point we’ll have to wait and see what happens,” said Eva.
Proceeds form Eva’s Rama trips have benefitted several local organizations over the past 10 years, including the Tottenham & District Lions Club Inc., Christmas gifts for teenagers, through the Christmas Basket program, The Painted Rock Animal Sanctuary, Heart & Stroke, and breast cancer research.

         


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