If the person presenting a small bucket for loose change at an intersection looks more clean-cut than normal, there is a reason. Instead of the usual crack addict, the collectors probably are members of the Club Activo 20-30 that is putting on the Teletón this weekend at the Ciudad Deportiva en Hatillo.
The bucket is so marked and the individuals have identification.
This is the weekend the club hopes to raise 703 million colons, a bit more than $1.3 million. The money will go to buy equipment at the Hospital Nacional de Niños and medical centers at San Carlos and Turrialba.
This is an annual event that is televised. There is large corporate support and a lot of public participation. The televised event runs through Sunday and features many local and international acts.