Fergus-Elora Rotary Club and an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant, the shovels are expected to hit the ground sometime next month (May 2013). There are still a couple of governmental issues that need to be addressed, but they are more or less just a formality at this point.
I am extremely grateful to all those who have donated to the Darrel Fund to raise the $3000+ required to obtain Bronze Sponsorship status on this amazing project. I have wanted to have some kind of permanent tribute to Darrel in our community for some time now, and thanks to your ongoing support, that Dream is about to become a Reality for me, my family, and all the children of Centre Wellington, who will enjoy this park in the years to come. I had set the personal deadline of having the money collected by Darrel's birthday (May 26th), but the tremendous response has allowed us to surpass the $3000 ceiling even before that time!
While I have done a great deal of fundraising for childhood cancer related organizations in the past, this has been the first time I have ever taken in money directly. Though setting up the needed separate bank and PayPal accounts was often tedious, they are now in place should any similar endeavours arise in the future. This particular campaign will soon be coming to a conclusion, but please visit both the Fundraising and Events pages on Darrel's website to see what we are up to next and/or feel may be it need of your attention.
A Huge Thank You must also go out to Power of Play, and to Andy Speers and his family. Without their original vision and determination, none of this would have ever been possible. They have also been supportive of assisting and encouraging me throughout this process. Though I may not be actively involved with their plans to renovate the parks in Elora and Salem, I most certainly support and wish them well and great success. Thanks should also go to Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj and the Township of Centre Wellington Council who have assisted all
with the legislative and legal aspects.
Below is a list of the Contributors that have donated thus far. As money is being collected, the
names will be updated to reflect any of the changes as needed.
John and Helen Robb
Jack Benallick and Family
Dixon's Home Hardware/Ladies' Night Silent Auction
Aaron Hudson/Antonia Palmer and Family
Bryan and Amy Robb
Bill Felker and Family
Richard and Rhonda Hurst
There were also countless individual donations of small amounts, that when added together, contributed greatly to our goal.
Please visit the following links for more information on this project: