Local SPCA, Placenta playground earn thousands through fund
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.