The Pictou County Christmas Fund telethon may very well have just turned 40, but it shows no sign of slowing down. When the dust settled, Sunday's event raised $80,350.
Broadcast on both EastLink and ECFM, the telethon treated county residents to a wide range of musicians in house and featured contributions from George Canyon, Rick Mercer, JD Fortune, JP Cormier and David Myles.
“We like to have some different talent every year,” said chair Camille LeParque. “We always like to cycle through and bring in some new faces.”
Although scheduled, Charlie A'Court was unable to appear at short notice due to an untimely back injury; however, due to careful planning and a roster of reserve artists, the show went on otherwise as planned.
This year also marks LeParque's second year as chairman, and his seventh year as a board member. In that time, LeParque said the number of people on the board and the number of volunteers and artists it takes to put the show on has stayed about the same. But one demographic keeps rising.
“The biggest change (has been) the number of people registering for us to reach out to,” LeParque said. “That's grown every year.”
That factor and the limited time frame organizers have to begin dispersing the money raised means viewers are very much encouraged to honour their pledges sooner rather than later. Pledges can be honoured at any bank or credit union in the county or at the offices of The Advocate, ECFM or The News and pledges honoured before Friday will be automatically entered into an early bird draw to take place next week.
“We've had a milestone year,” LeParque said, “but we also...