Tabor campaign tops $1 million mark 0
By Lorne Stelmach
The fundraising campaign for Morden's new personal care home hit a milestone this past week.
And it is fitting that an organization that does as much for the community as the Morden Thrift Shop does became the one to put the effort over the $1 million mark in donations and pledges.
"We're very happy to do this because we're all seniors too and hoping that someday we'll have some place to go," Thrift Shop president Helen Doell commented with a chuckle.
Doell and other reps. were on hand August 8 to present a $53,000 donation to the Tabor Home fund.
It puts their overall contribution to the Tabor Home campaign at over $100,000 with the Thrift Shop having already contributed $64,000 last fall.
Doell said the Thrift Shop is here to serve the community's needs and this project is important "because the community is aging ... the population is aging."
"You have an amazing group of volunteers whose commitment to the project of a new Tabor Home in our community is immeasurable," stated fundraising campaign chairperson Wayne Kroetsch. "You are a group that truly makes a difference. Thanks again for helping create a lasting legacy for our growing community in terms of faith, hope and charity."
The fundraising campaign had gone into the day at just over $982,000 in pledges and donations.
The target is $3.9 million or a 10 per cent community component of the $39.9 million estimated project cost.
And that is aside from the services in kind including Town of Morden infrastructure for the care home and the donation of 10 acres of land for the project from Fran Hoeppner and Dorothy Janzen. All told, Kroetsch said they believe they are close to $2 million, but they don't yet have final figures on the land and the infrastructure.
In the meantime, campaigning from door to door will be continuing with the campaign also targetting corporate and municipal support across from across the region.
While the province funds the necessities for the new care home, it is up to the community and region to fund some aspects of the facility including 'embellishments' like landscaping, chapel and expanded activity spaces and furnishings.
It was expected the project could be going to tender next fall once the fundraising campaign has been completed, but it was believed some of the preliminary planning work and provincial approval was behind schedule.
The target for completion had been for near the end of 2014 with occupancy early the following year.
For more information, you can go online to the www.taborhome.ca/fundraising-donations/new-tabor-home website.