Ever wonder what difference a few cents can make? A lot, if you add them up - and that's what some North Delta seniors are looking to do.
Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre will host a carnival on Saturday, Sept. 7 to raise funds for B.C. Children's Hospital.
When they held the event for the first time last year, board member Laura Saker said people brought change by the barrow.
"A pub came down with a wheelbarrow full of pennies," she said, which came to a sum of $337.29. "We had students and volunteers come in and spend a few days rolling pennies for us."
Visitors paid pennies to play games and the Kennedy Seniors Society matched the amount of money collected, resulting in a donation of almost $2,000 for the hospital.
But since the federal government phased out the Canadian penny last spring, the organizers have changed the name of the event from "penny carnival" to just "carnival."
They'll still take any coin you have, though.
"Pennies or nickels, dimes, quarters or bills - whatever people want to bring to us, we'll take it," Saker said. "The society will match up to $1,000 again this year," she added.
The carnival will feature close to 20 game stations, a prize booth, lawn bowling, a display by the Fraser Valley Quilters Guild, and assorted grub like popcorn, candy floss, hot dogs, smoothies and the Delta Lion's popular french fries. Anyone wanting to volunteer can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The carnival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 11760 88th Ave., North Delta.
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