THUNDER BAY – Cara D’Amours said her company wanted to do something a little bit different to help a local charitable cause.
An office administrator at Hood Equipment Canada’s Rosslyn location, D’Amours said she thought long and hard before settling on a raffle, the goal to raise $8,000 for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.
Picking the beneficiary was the easy part.
“Cancer is everywhere,” D’Amours said on Friday.
“There isn’t anyone who hasn’t been touched, whether it’s male, female or a child. We need to make sure all of this money stays in our community, so that we can help our community with this disease. There have been people here at Hood who have been touched by it. They’re in remission, they’re a couple years in and it’s just a really important cause.”
Tickets are 12 for $20, and much like at a shag, those who purchase them can drop them into numbered brown paper bags set up next to each prize package, placing as many as they want in bags depending on what prizes catch their eye.
There is also a door prize featuring a wall of gift cards, including The Beer Store, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Tim Hortons, The Keg and Starbucks, valued at $500. Tickets for the door prize are $5 apiece.
D’Amours said there’s a little something for everyone.
“We’ve got a couple of women’s baskets. There are candles inside. We have one from Pearl Vision that has women’s and men’s sunglasses. We’ve got Napa. They gave us a variety of different cups and shirts and a clock. Power Centre, they gave us a laptop case,” she said.
“Kam Industrial, they donated money. Lowery’s donated money. It’s just a whole bunch of different items. It’s for everyone.”
Draws will take place on Oct. 30.
“We have two more weeks to get out here to buy tickets,” D’Amours said.
Hood Equipment Canada is located at 14 Haniak Road.