A trio of local sisters are back and they have pulled off another successful community fundraiser.
Chera Bergen, Hali and Dylan Ouellet raised $1000 for the City of Terrace’s animal shelter by setting up a table outside of the provincial liquor store and selling 50/50 raffle draw tickets. There were two winning tickets of $500 each. They even got a provincial BC gaming licence so as to do the draw the proper way.
In the course of three days, from June 4- 6, they sold tickets worth $2000 with each ticket priced at $2 or three for $5. The prize money money was the incentive to lure people to buy tickets.
“We thought it was a fun way to raise money and people might want to buy a ticket if they stand a chance to win something,” said 27-year-old Bergen. She was amazed at how the community was motivated and committed to buying the tickets for the animal shelter.
Even the lucky draw winners – Silvia Griffith and Tyler Klein – who were announced on social media after the lucky draw on Sunday expressed their desire to contribute the winnings toward the cause, said Bergen.
It was 14-year-old Hali’s idea to raise money specifically for the Terrace Shelter. “I’m happy, the animals are getting a second chance,” said Hali.
The money raised by the girls will go towards the Shelter’s injured animals fund which covers treatment costs and medication, said animal control officer, Coburn from the Terrace Animal Shelter. “We are grateful to the girls and they have kind hearts,” Coburn added.
The sisters’ first effort to raise money for a local cause was organizing a bottle drive in May for the Ksan homeless shelter.
Bergen says they want to continue supporting local causes and want to involve more young people in their next project.