TRURO – What’s on your bucket list?
Skydiving? Travel? Or perhaps a dream home or those renovations you’ve been saving up for?
With a new fundraiser being introduced by the Colchester East Hants Hospice Society, you may just be able to check some of those dreams off your list.
Craig Johnson, the hospice society’s executive director, said the Bucket List is similar to the popular Big Bucks, hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester.
“But it’s different,” said Johnson. “We didn’t want to step on their toes. We’ve met with them and told them what we wanted to do, and they’ve been supportive.”
Johnson recently met with a group of people in Hubbards who run a similar type of fundraiser, with the name of Bay Treasure Chest. Since their inception, they’ve raised more than $1 million.
The Nook and Cranny and NovelTea Bookstore Café are founding members of the local Bucket List, as Johnson wanted input from the business community.
Players in the Bucket List have a registered number and each week, they place a sticker with their number on a toonie into the bucket. A number is drawn each Wednesday. If the winning number wasn’t played, the money goes back in the pot. The Bucket List will roll over four weeks if no one has played the winning number, with week five seeing a number pulled until they have a winner.
Each month, Hub Now will publish pictures of the winners, with how they plan on spending their money.
“It turns more into a community thing,” said Johnson. “People will see it as a community activity, not just a gambling thing.”
Not all the money raised, however, will be going to hospice. Johnson said the society will partner with other non-profit organizations with a portion of their proceeds helping others.
“We want to raise money for others as well. There are a lot of different community activities,” he said.
When it comes to the name – Bucket List – Johnson said it was chosen for a similar reason as humour was for their annual You’ll Die Laughing fundraiser.
“We always want people to think of end of life, and plan for end of life,” he said, adding they want to bring a bit of positivity to an often sad situation.
The Bucket List can be found at a variety of locations, including NovelTea Bookstore Cafe, The Nook and Cranny Brew Pub, Colchester East Hants Hospice Society, Cup of Soul, Leno’s Stop Shop, Leo’s Supermarket, East Hants Public Library, and the Esso Go Stores in Millford, Elmsdale, and Enfield.