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St. Anthony Fire Department's annual telethon brings in $26,878

First year for event streaming on Facebook

ST. ANTHONY, NL – The phones were ringing off the hook as the music rang out downstairs, marking another successful year for the St. Anthony Fire Department’s annual telethon.

Held on Nov. 22 from 6 to 11 p.m., the 24th edition of the St. Anthony Fire Department Telethon raised $26,878.

Funds will go towards upgrading the department’s fire equipment.

Fire Chief Peter Green says that total is roughly on par with previous telethons.

The department also received a big donation from the local Foodland, which donated a new snow ambulance.

Volunteers from local businesses rotated taking calls from pledgers throughout the evening, while local musicians performed downstairs in the fire hall.

Those performances, as well as the reading of the pledges, were broadcasted live on the town of St. Anthony’s Facebook page for the first time.

In previous years, the telethon was broadcasted within town via cable television.

This year, through Facebook, the telethon was able to go international.

Viewers signed on from as far away as Mexico, Greece and the United Kingdom.

Draws were held throughout the evening and included prizes such as a microwave, composter and fish fryer donated by local businesses.

There will be another draw this December. Donated prizes will include a 28-inch LCD Samsung Smart TV and a Charbroil BBQ.

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