Charity raffles not welcomed at some Sobeys

A charity run by blind people in the Halifax area says it's concerned it can no longer sell raffle tickets at Sobeys, but it's not clear if the same rules apply to other charities and amateur sport teams.

Unclear if directive is from head office or store managers

A charity run by blind people in the Halifax area says it’s concerned it can no longer sell raffle tickets at Sobeys, but it’s not clear if the same rules apply to other charities and amateur sport teams.

The money the Canadian Council of the Blind raised from selling tickets helped blind people participate in a sports weekend.

But the fundraiser will change in January.

“One of our members called Sobeys on Wyse Road to see if we could get a couple of dates for selling tickers and they informed us they are no longer doing it,” said Brenda Green.

“Ninety per cent of our income comes from these ticket sales.”

Green said the Canadian Council of the Blind was told it was a head office decision.

Another Sobeys on Windsor Street in Halifax told CBC News they won’t book charities or sports teams in the new year because of a policy change.

But CBC News found other Sobeys stores in Nova Scotia where charities will be welcomed, at the manager's discretion.

Green said she hopes her Sobeys will reconsider.

“As I said, if it’s insurance that they are worried about, we can get the insurance because we depend on that,” she said.

A spokesperson at the Sobeys head office in Stellarton said they’d look into the situation.

Sobeys said it does support other major charities. On Friday, cashiers were asking customers if they would like to donate $2 to Feed Nova Scotia.

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