Sales were sizzling when it came to the North Bay Professional Firefighters 2022-23 calendar.
They raised $50,000 in support of Community Living North Bay’s Outcomes Fund.
Firefighter Jim Daly, Member of the Calendar Committee and Mr. April 2022, says this is the most they’ve raised with this fundraiser and it’s thanks to the community.
“In the past, we’ve only donated in the $20,000 or $30,000 range. But they rallied around the Outcomes Fund. Even businesses that were struggling during COVID wanted to be a part of it,” he says.
Daly says they sold just over 1,500 calendars.
“We had an online website, because of COVID, we tried to keep the interaction minimal,” he says. “Which helped a lot because we weren’t able to get into places like Northgate Shopping Centre as we did in the past where we could try and sell them in person.”
The 18-month calendars are still available at Community Living North Bay on Wallace Road, or online at clnbshop.ca.
“We bought extra because we hoped that they would be a hit after people started to see them in the new year and they’re still selling,” says Sherry Carnevale, Executive Director of Community Living North Bay.
Proceeds will directly benefit individuals with an intellectual disability locally.
“People aren’t really wanting to give money to bricks and mortar, they want to be able to give their money and see where it’s going and that it’s actually affecting people. The Outcomes Fund does that for us,” says Carnevale.
Community Living provides everything from accessible technology to specialized transportation and day-to-day needs including hearing aids and dentures.
The North Bay Professional firefighters have supported local charities through this fundraising initiative for 25 years.