Lo­cal SPCA, Pla­centa play­ground earn thou­sands through fund

The Compass - - OPINION -

Two lo­cal com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions will re­ceive $5,000 each for the ef­forts in the Aviva Com­mu­nity Fund com­pe­ti­tion.

The Bac­calieu Trail SPCA and a com­mit­tee look­ing to spruce up the Wayne John Searle Me­mo­rial Recre­ation Com­plex in Pla­cen­tia en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion last fall, and made it to the fi­nal round of com­pe­ti­tion.

Win­ners for the con­test were an­nounced last week, with hun­dreds of en­tries re­ceived from across the coun­try.

BT SPCA is one of 20 re­cip­i­ents that will re­ceive an ad­di­tional $1,000 from a wild­card draw.

The BT SPCA was hop­ing to use the money as a start up cost for a lo­cal shel­ter. The re­gion does not have one, and the or­ga­ni­za­tion is still com­mit­ted to rais­ing the money to open a shel­ter.

The recre­ation com­plex in Pla­cen­tia is in need of new and up­dated play­ground equip­ment and a fresh, new look for the en­joy­ment of lo­cal chil­dren.

Both or­ga­ni­za­tions re­lied on the gen­eral public to keep them in the run­ning for a prize by vot­ing for the ideas over the course of two months.

Grand prize win­ners in­clude an or­ga­ni­za­tion for at-risk chil­dren in Saint John, a spe­cial needs play­ground in Ottawa and a home­less or­ga­ni­za­tion in Hal­i­fax.

Restor­ing Golden Hall – Health Benefits For All in Trepassey was the sole grand prize win­ner in New­found­land and Labrador. The or­ga­ni­za­tion will re­ceive up­wards of $50,000 for re­pairs to the fa­cil­ity.

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