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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 19:09

Biggest party leads to biggest donation

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Sherry Peel of Bigley Shoes and Clothing , Aaron Shaw of Crazy Monkey Tree Service, and CKL councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan, who also owns the Kawartha Coffee Company, present a cheque for $23,500 to Alison Payne, senior manager of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Peterborough and Durham office.

By Adrienne Harrop

            The country was heartbroken the day Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip, announced he had terminal brain cancer. For people of Bobcaygeon hold a special place in their heart for the band.

            The Tragically Hip put this small Ontario town on the map.

            “When you come from a small, unassuming town and you hear your song being sung on the radio, you

beam with pride,” says Sherry Peel, owner of Bigley Shoes and Clothing. That is what the Tragically Hip did for Bobcaygeon—it made them proud.

            So when the news of Gord Downie’s illness spread, local merchants got together to honour the band and raise as much money as they could for brain-cancer research.

            Local businessman, Aaron Shaw, owner of Crazy Monkey Tree Service, came up with the idea for what ultimately became the biggest party Bobcaygeon has ever seen.

            Aaron rallied a team of community members that included Bigley’s owner Sherry Peel and Kathleen Seymour-Fagan, City of Kawartha Lakes councillor and owner of Kawartha Coffee Company.

            The group set out to raise a little money in support of brain-cancer research. They organized a group of volunteers, armed with ice-cream buckets, to work the crowds during the Bobcaygeon screening of the Aug. 20 Tragically Hip concert. And they raised $9,375 from the 17,000 people in attendance.

            One hundred percent of the profits from limited-edition t-shirts, hats and sandal sales from Bigley Shoes and Clothing raised over $10,000. And sales from Douglas + Son has, to date, raised over $4,000 from the ongoing sale of their limited edition “Courage” t-shirt.

            On Sept. 30, the Bobcaygeon group presented the donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.

            It was the largest Tragically Hip event donation the Cancer Society received from across the country, a total of $23,500 to brain cancer research, in recognition of Gord Downie.

            Shaw, Peel and Seymour-Fagan would like to thank all the volunteers who helped on the evening of the Tragically Hip concert, the local merchants who helped contribute to the rental of the giant screens for the event, as well as everyone who supported this cause.

            This Bobcaygeon initiative was not the result of one person or one business; it was the result of an entire town pulling together. Bobcaygeon should be proud, not just for a song, but for the great community they live in

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