MILLVILLE, N.S. Betty Hebb’s face instantly lights up when she sees one of her beloved “wish children.”
Hebb, co-owner of Farmer’s Family Diner, has raised more than $500,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation in the last 30 years.
“It’s about helping children. I’ve had no sickness in my family, but I just do this for the children,” said Hebb during a brief interview at the latest outdoor fund-raising concert she hosted in the spacious field beside the Millville-based diner Aug. 26.
Working with a team of volunteers and supportive local musicians, Hebb has made the outdoor concert an annual event that has seen steady growth thanks to quality entertainment and word of mouth. This year alone, the concert raised more than $10,000 for Children’s Wish in a single day.
And, as an added bonus, it was held on Hebb’s 80th birthday.
“I can’t really explain it, it’s just wonderful to be in this organization. These events are just getting bigger all the time,” she said.
Hebb isn’t motivated by recognition, but was honoured to win the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada’s 2016 Laura Cole National Volunteer Award. She is deeply appreciative of everyone who has helped her bring in donations for the organization that grants wishes for children living with life-threatening illnesses.
“People will come into the restaurant with $50 bills in their hands and give them to me. They all know how long I’ve been doing this,” she said.
“It’s just great.”