Students walk from Park View to Crescent Beach for charity
Four Bridgewater Grade 12 students helped raise $7,300 for the PRO Kids organization, one of the program's largest single donation ever.
Adam Culbert, Finn Kimball, Drew Bolivar and Callum Corkum, who formed a business called Dirt Brothers Apparel and Lawn Care, brought in $3,650 towards PRO Kids. They did so by walking 28 kilometres from Park View Education Centre on King Street to Crescent Beach on Highway 331.
Mike Anderssen of TD Wealth matched their contributions to bring their final total to $7,300.
"This was really an incredible accomplishment," MODL's mayor, Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, enthused in a news release issued December 4.
"The mission of PRO Kids is to aid as many children and youth as possible who are unable to participate in sport, recreation and cultural activities due to financial limitations. This donation will make a difference in our community," said the mayor.
Positive Recreation Opportunities for Kids!, or PRO Kids, was developed by the City of Thunder Bay in Ontario and is now implemented in communities across Canada, including MODL. It provides financial assistance to children and youth who, due to lack of funds, are not able to participate in sport, recreation and cultural activities.
In addition to municipal funds, PRO Kids relies on the support of community organizations such as the United Way of Lunenburg County, schools, businesses and private individuals for continued support.
Groups can still apply for emergency funding
Community organizations impacted by COVID-19 cancellations can still apply for emergency assistance from the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL).
MODL has extended the application period to March 31, 2021 for its Emergency Assistance Fund for Community Facilities, and organizations not located within the municipality can apply, providing they can demonstrate they serve municipal residents.
"We recognize how difficult this year has been for our community organizations, and that a return to normal operations before the spring is unlikely," MODL's mayor, Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, said in a news release issued December 9.
The funding will provide up to $2,500 in relief per organization, with a total investment of up to $150,000 by the municipality.
Earlier this year, MODL's council awarded a total of more than $116,000 in emergency funding to support not-for-profit organizations and fire departments impacted by COVID-19 cancellations. Forty-four organizations received $83,658 from the fund, while MODL fire departments got $32,500, a 50 per cent increase in their annual grants.
To be eligible for the fund, an applicant must be a non-profit or not-for-profit community, charitable, fraternal, educational, recreational, religious, cultural or sporting organization. It must own or operate a community facility or community hall that is used for hosting funding events and activities that are open to the general public.
There are other stipulations and some exceptions.
More information and applications are available at https://www.modl.ca/grants.html on the internet.
The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on January 15, 2021.
Mayor elected as NSFM rural caucus chair
Members of the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (NSFM) voted in MODL's mayor, Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, as the rural caucus chair at the organization's annual conference and annual general meeting. "I look forward to representing rural caucuses throughout Nova Scotia at the Provincial table," Bolivar-Getson stated in a news release issued December 8.
NSFM represents the provincial interests of the province's 49 municipalities and the 375 mayors, wardens and councillors who govern them. NSFM's board, made up of regional representation from across Nova Scotia, aims to keep municipal issues front and centre at the provincial level.
Meanwhile, Andrew Tanner of the Town of Bridgewater, was named Towns Representative, along with Sandra Snow of the town of Kentville.