Glass is half full for Tabor 0
By Lorne Stelmach
Spearheading any fundraising effort requires an optimistic outlook, but it can seem like even more of a challenge when the target is as high as $3.9 million.
Add on to that a deadline in 2013, and those volunteers raising the 10 per cent community component of the $39.9 million Tabor Home project understood there would be doubts that it will achievable.
"We had comments from some people thinking that it couldn't be done," said Wayne Kroetsch, as the committee received a $10,000 donation from the Elks Club this past week.
"But our small committee of eight people felt right from the start that, if we did the proper approach, and we made an appeal to the public, that they would come through. And it's proving us right.
"We are no longer looking at the glass as half empty," he added. "It's now a little more than half full."
The Elks club was the latest community organization to come on board with the project in a significant way.
Club president Rick Peers said their approximate 100 members thought they should get involved with the Tabor Home project because it was very important to the community.
Not only have they assisted with door-to-door canvassing, but their recent Lobsterfest led to their $10,000 donation.
"The members were quite happy with it. Everybody worked really, really hard with the silent auction," Peers commented.
"We sold 225 tickets to go to it. So you got steak and lobster, a social and live band, and I think everybody really had lots of fun at it."
Kroetsch said this kind of support is a tremendous vote of confidence in the project.
"It is very meaningful, and we have appreciated the support we have had from the Elks in other ways as well," he said.
"With the campaigning from door to door ... we finished half of the town ... our second phase will occur in September. And the Elks have been very supportive when we have approached them for help with our fundraising."
By the end of July, Kroetsch estimated they will have raised just slightly over a million dollars in donations and pledges. And that is aside from the services in kind and infrastructure from the Town of Morden which will also count towards their $3.9 million target.
"Hopefully the Town of Morden will be giving more than just the infrastructure," Kroetsch added. "And the RM of Stanley have promised they will come on board as well.
"We're hoping we're getting close to $2 million, but right now, we don't have final figures on the land and the infrastructure."
While the province funds all of the necessities for the new personal care home, it is up to the community and region to fund some aspects of the facility including the 'embellishments' like landscaping, a chapel and expanded activity spaces and furnishings.
The project could be going to tender next fall once the fundraising campaign has been completed.
Planning for the new 100 bed facility is well underway and on track right now for completion near the end of 2014 and occupancy sometime early the following year. For more information, you can go online to the www.taborhome.ca/fundraising-donations/new-tabor-home website.