Gert Sweeney, a director with the Friends of the Yarmouth Light Society, says they are grateful for the many votes (14,141) that the Cape Forchu lighthouse received through the online “This Lighthouse Matters” contest. The contest concluded Wednesday, July 15.
“It certainly helped us to achieve something that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise,” she said.
A portion of the $25,000 prize money for the third place win will be used to prepare and assemble the DCB36 lens from the 1962 lighthouse tower as a museum exhibit to complement the existing lighthouse history.
The project will cost $35,000 to $40,000 and more funds are required to address repairs to outbuildings on the property.
“Some of them need extreme repairs,” said Sweeney.
The crowdfunding component of the contest, which has raised $1,500 for the Cape Forchu lighthouse to date, continues until July 31.
The National Trust for Canada is contributing $10,000 to match funds contributed to projects over the next two weeks. Money contributed to lighthouses that did not win a cash prize will be matched dollar to dollar.
Funds contributed to projects that won a prize will be matched 50 cents on the dollar.
Sweeney is encouraging people to donate towards the Cape Forchu lighthouse through the This Lighthouse Matters website and/or to consider the pledge card program underway for $2 at the lighthouse.
Lighthouses across the province competed for the chance to win $250,000 in cash prizes, based on the number of votes received.
The National Trust for Canada and the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society raised money for the contest’s prize pool from donors who are dedicated to saving Nova Scotia’s lighthouses.
There were nine winners in the first-of-its-kind competition, which gave Nova Scotia communities working to save their lighthouses a chance to win cash prizes, raise dollars through crowdfunding and mobilize support from people across Canada.
Since the launch of the contest on June 17, 219,794 online votes were cast by supporters far and wide for 26 lighthouse campaigns in three prize categories.
Low Point Lighthouse
Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Henry Island Lighthouse
Sandy Point Lighthouse
Digby Pier Lighthouse
Neil’s Harbour Lighthouse
Battery Point Lighthouse