by Angus MacCaull

Friday is a good day to win some money in Heatherton.

One Friday a month, from January through August this year, the Heatherton Development Cultural and Wellness Association is giving away prizes ranging from $200 to $3,000. Tickets to enter cost $100. There are only five hundred tickets available.

2017 is the second year for the Club 500 Draw. The initiative is a fundraiser for operating and renovating the Heatherton Community Centre. Marla Tate, from our Antigonish Office, is one of the organizers. She’s helping raise funds along with Carolyn Day, Joan Jamieson and a team of ten other volunteers.

The Heatherton Community Centre is the area’s former school. It has been serving as a new kind of gathering space for the past five years. There are meeting tables, offices, an events hall, and even a fitness room (where Marla also volunteers).

“We were sad to see the school go,” said Marla, “but it’s been great to have a local place to come together. There are special events throughout the year. Jimmy the Janitor entertained a sold out crowd last fall. We have Evans and Doherty coming this fall. And weddings are also booked in our events hall. It seems like there’s always something going on!”

The success of the Heatherton Community Centre shows our region’s cooperative spirit and small town values. You can find them Facebook, or just off of Highway 104 on the Sunrise Trail as you’re heading toward Cape Breton.