Christmas spirit

BC accountant Wayne Kuyer has raised $190,000 for charity by appealing to local businesses every December since 1996. His trick? He channels the look and spirit of Jacob Marley, the late partner of Ebeneezer Scrooge.

Businesses in Langley, BC, have come to expect a seasonal visit from an unlikely character — Jacob Marley, the ghostly late partner of Ebeneezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Representing the "counting house of Scrooge & Marley," accountant Wayne Kuyer has been donning the classic hat and gloves each December since 1996, appealing to businesses in his community not to be miserly and to pledge funds to the Langley Christmas Bureau or The Province’s Empty Stocking Fund to help those in need. To date, Kuyer & Associates has raised $190,000 for the charities; more than 100 donors contributed $22,000 last year alone. "Some of them just send in a cheque, but others prefer me to come by — they enjoy the banter," says Kuyer. "Being in character makes it easier to ask for money."

To donate, email Wayne Kuyer at myaccountant@telus.net.