People have come up with some curious ways of raising money for charity. But have you ever heard of anything more remarkable than selling a snowbank?

On Saturday Montrealer Michel Levesque sold his two-metre-high snowbank to the Fraser family for $3,500 in an eBay auction – the proceeds to go to Operation Enfant Soleil, a Quebec charity that supports children’s hospitals.

Today the Fraser family are selling bags and balls of snow from the snow pile, hoping to raise even more funds for the charity. Claude Fraser says, « People can give whatever they want. We’ve already received a few hundred dollars. » Potential donors may contact Claude Fraser on his cell phone at 514 – 668 – 8888.

Presumably the snow that fell overnight and today will increase the size (and value) of the snowbank.

Have you ever heard of a more imaginative way of raising funds for charity?



  1. 1
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    It is certainly more imaginative than the old kissing booths at the parrish bazaars of yesteryears.
    By the way, your Montrealer is from St-Eustache a proud little town north west of Montreal at the foot of the Laurentides. The buyers are a Longueuil family, on Montreal’s south shore of the St-Lawrence river, better known as the Montérégie for the isolated nunattacks, geological formations that adorns it: Mounts Bruno, St-Hilaire, Rougemont, Shefford and Grégoire. They are of the same type as Montreal’s famous Mont Royal, formerly named Mont Réal by De Maisonneuve, Ville-Marie’s founder in 1642.
    The seller is a Lévesque family, the buyers are Francophone Frasers.

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    Cate McB Says:

    Well, I’ve heard of many imaginative ways to raise money, the snow way probably being the most imaginative.

    But Paul, my Orange-Protestant background compels me to ask:
    Pray-tell, what exactly were « the old kissing booths at the parish bazaars »?

    Undoubtedly, this brings together the moral debauchery of kissing AND making money — IN my Father’s house???

  3. 3
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    may your Orange-Protestant roots rest in peace. The kissing booths were very decent, always in the middle of the floor and closely watched by the proper authorities. The kissing time was checked and all who exagerated were expelled. By the way, drapes were also forbidden so all went well in the open.
    I have a very fond memory linked to Orange lore. While vacationing in Maxville, Ontario, when I was about 8 or 10, there was a belief around that anyone not an Orangeman entering the Lodge would die in the next 24 hours. Three of us kids noticing a window left open on that hot summer day just over the roof of a low shed managed to climb on that roof and through the window into the Lodge. Well the inside was rather disappointng but the next 24 hours were exciting and very anxious. A little more than 70 years later I know the rumour was false.

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    Cate McB Says:

    Was the rumour false or was there an orange angel who took into consideration the fact that you were minor?

    In any event, you were clearly living on the edge …….

  5. 5
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Could be both.

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    Chimera Says:

    LOL! And for their times, those kissing booths were considered by some to be scandalous! Even with all the proper chaperonage. I’ve no doubt that there are ancestors in the Eleusian Fields who are spinning furiously in an attempt to provide air conditioning for those kissing sinners, who now inhabit Tartarus!

    Selling a snowbank for charity has to be one of the most inventive forms of fundraiser, yet. Kudos to all who participate. I just hope the city doesn’t step in and demand a fee for a vendor’s license (wait for it, guys — these are bureaucrats of which I speak!).

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    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Maybe not the City but perhaps a subcontractor cheated out of a snow load or two or some frustrated blue collar deprived of an hour of extra time. No, some people are mean but I know the Eustachians and they do not operate that way. So, dear Chimera, relax and sleep well.

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