Animal shelter hits target but still needs more funds
by Roger Varley
Ginger Jackson, head of the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog group (NASUS), told council Monday that although the group has met its original fund-raising target, more money is needed.
Since the campaign to raise money for the shelter began in 2011, the group has brought in $1.08 million, edging over its target of $1 million. Ms. Jackson added, however, that a construction estimate received in December of last year puts the cost of the new shelter at between $1.4 and $1.7 million. That means as much as another $620,000 needs to be raised.
She said NASUS has plans to raise the additional funds over the next five years but would like Uxbridge and Scugog to each kick in $300,000 in bridge loans so that construction on the shelter can begin this year. She said a start to construction would show those who have already contributed that their donations are being used in a concrete way.
To raise the extra money needed, Ms. Jackson proposed that about $400,000 could be raised over five years with a major gift campaign - which would include naming opportunities for various features within the shelter such as the lobby or cat adoption area - and another $200,000 through continued events such as the galas and golf tournaments NASUS has run over the past few years....continue reading...
Leaskdale News with Helen Harrison
A few local folks are enjoying ice fishing on Lake Simcoe these days.
On Sunday, February 5, the congregation of St. Paul's Leaskdale Presbyterian Church welcomed Rev. Douglas Rollwage, Moderator of the General Assembly, PCC, who was ministering with us.
We were also pleased to have the Nasri Family, a Syrian Family who were sponsored by Pickering Presbytery. They are gainfully employed, and making a new life here in Canada.
You are reminded of the Annual General Meeting of St. Paul's on Sunday, February 26. A chili luncheon will be available after the 11 a.m. service, with the meeting to follow.
Udora-Leaskdale Lions' Club is having its Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, February 24 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Udora Community Centre....continue reading...