Thanks to the exceptional efforts by the Rotary Clubs of CBRM’s Sydney Ribfest 2016, the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton was the recipient of $70,000 donated by generous Cape Bretoners who “Gave a Little at the Gate” and the support of the four CBRM Rotary Clubs. Gate proceeds amounted to almost $47,000 and the balance of $23,000 was contributed by the Rotary Clubs in addition to planning, staging and running Ribfest. This amount exceeds the total of $55,000 raised in 2015 for a combined total of $125,000 to be directed toward the planned Hospice Residence.
Sydney Ribfest 2016 offered and delivered something enjoyable for all ages. The 2016 theme of “more” – more food, more entertainment, and more children’s activities, was met with great enthusiasm by visitors to Open Hearth Park on July 15, 16 and 17. The new venue proved to be a great site allowing for expanded offerings and will be home to next year’s event as well. Ribbers cited Sydney Rotary Ribfest as one of the best east of Montreal and have decided to add a sixth Ribber to next year’s event.
The Society thanks all volunteers from Rotary as well as the more than 60 individuals who also volunteered to work the gate over three days. With community support such as that seen at Ribfest, the Hospice Residence will soon be a reality and not a dream. Thank you all!