Bob Edgett Boxing Club coach and manager Mark Adams, second from left, accepts a cheque for $100 from Dan Hilchie, who was awarded the funds by the IODE for his extensive community service work. In addition, Hilchie presented Adams with an $80 cheque that was raised by the Sackville Fire Department and RCMP through a bottle drive and barbeque. The funds will be used to support the Bob Edgett Memorial Boxing Club (BEMBC) project that is currently under way. Also pictured are members of the BEMBC board Daniel Rossignol, left, Pat Belliveau (chair), second from right, and Mike Purdy. PHOTO SUBMITTED
Although to some there may not appear to be a great deal of activity when it comes to efforts to build the Bob Edgett Memorial Boxing Club, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Mike Purdy, a member of the board that was formed to make the memorial club a reality, said they’ve been busily working behind the scenes as they await word from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on their application for charitable status.
“People are asking where we’re at with it and what they can do to help it along,” he explained, “and our reply has basically been that if you want a tax receipt, you’ll have to wait until we get our tax status.”
This is especially important, he said, when dealing with businesses or corporate sponsors, as some or all of the donation can be written off for tax purposes.
“So, yeah, that’s been a stumbling block.”
Purdy said they applied once already but were told the application didn’t provide enough detail, so they’ve since reapplied, making sure the new application meets all the requirements.
“Their first one (reply) said it was not going to be used solely for charitable purposes,” Purdy said. “Well it absolutely is.
“If they were in this community and knew of Bob Edgett and knew what Bob Edgett did for this community, they wouldn’t have a question.”
He said they expect to hear back from the CRA on the status of the application at any time, and work continues behind the scenes, with a meeting scheduled for last night (Tuesday) between the board, building designer and a local contractor now that the design is complete.
“A lot more than you’d ever believe has been put into it,” he said.
“We’ve got everything set up so when we do get the (charitable) number everything should fall into place.”
Purdy said the support already shown for the project has been overwhelming.
“Our local MP and MLA as well as the Sackville town council have fully supported this project in every way possible,” he explained.
Anyone who would like to donate time, services, materials, or who would like to make a pledge pending the project obtaining charitable status, or if they do not require a tax receipt, can contact Purdy at email@example.com or 506-536-7006.
About the Bob Edgett Memorial Boxing Club
The club is posthumously named in honour and memory of Bob Edgett, who over a period of 58 years coached and mentored thousands of young men and women to become productive members of society, even though many faced significant obstacles. Edgett, with his service to Canada through the Canadian Navy and Corrections Canada, in addition to his own boxing career and coaching on the local and national scenes, leading to many awards and hall of fame accolades, is the inspiration for this charitable endeavour.