A $20,000 winner!Thursday, September 05, 2013 by: Darren Taylor
It seems appropriate that a man whose profession is built on compassion and helping others should receive a prize from a well-known organization built on the same values.
William Waymouth is pictured here with Canadian Red Cross Sault Ste. Marie District Branch Manager Diane Lajambe, receiving a cheque for $20,000 at the Red Cross Allard Street office Thursday.
Waymouth, a local physician who retired from his practice at the Group Health Centre three years ago and who still works part-time with the Algoma District Cancer Program, won the prize in the Canadian Red Cross 19th Annual Red Cross Lottery.
Every day in July, the Canadian Red Cross drew winners for the Lottery.
Every Monday in July, one lucky Red Cross ticket holder won $20,000.
Because Canada Day came on a Monday this year, July 2 was the date of Dr. Waymouth's win.
This year, the Canadian Red Cross Lottery gave away more than 2,400 prizes, including cars, cash, grocery and gas gift cards, and electronics to winners across Ontario.
Funds raised through Red Cross Lottery ticket purchases support Canadian Red Cross programs and services in communities province-wide, such as meals on wheels, transportation for seniors, disaster management and violence and abuse prevention programs.
"I was surprised. It was an unexpected but pleasant surprise," Dr. Waymouth told SooToday.com.
Waymouth said he would contribute part of his prize money to the Red Cross.
65,000 tickets were sold for this year's Red Cross Lottery, with $250,000 as the grand cash prize.
Ticket purchase packages were mailed out to homes, offering single tickets for $40 each, three tickets for $100, four tickets for $125, or 12 tickets for $300.
Tickets were available for purchase through cheque or money order to the Canadian Red Cross Ontario Zone, online, or by calling a toll-free Red Cross number.
VIP draws were made May 24, Early Bird draws made June 21, and July Daily and Final draws throughout the month of July.
Lajambe told us: "We have our own local fundraising (through which funds raised are used locally) but we certainly benefit from money raised in the Lottery. The money indirectly supports our programs locally, for sure."
"The Lottery is very successful. We get a really good response and people buy the tickets. It's one of those things we've kept on going with because the public in Ontario supports us," Lajambe said.
On a separate Red Cross matter, Lajambe said seven area volunteers (six from Sault Ste. Marie, one from Elliot Lake) who went to help Albertans deal with the severe flooding in that province earlier this year have described their experiences to her.
"It was a lot of hard work and the common thread was that they were very impressed with how all the communities came together."
"They all said it was a really nice thing to see the power of humanity in action, with community volunteers alongside the trained Red Cross volunteers helping out."
One volunteer has stayed on, hired by the Alberta Red Cross for a one year contract.