Vy­ing for grants


A pair of projects in Con­cep­tion Bay North are ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help to earn much-needed fund­ing.

U-Turn Ad­dic­tions Cen­tre in Car­bon­ear has made it to the sec­ond round in the Aviva com­mu­nity fund­ing com­pe­ti­tion, as has the South River recre­ation com­mit­tee’s pitch to fix up its soft­ball field.

In or­der to earn the fund­ing, both projects need votes from the pub­lic to make it into the next round. Only the top five in each cat­e­gory will move on.


It’s more than some fund­ing for Jeff Bourne, who operates UTurns with his wife Tammy. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is in need of a new home.

For the past four years, the build­ing has been a safe haven for drug users to seek help. They re­ceive one-on-one coun­selling, take part in 1-step pro­grams and re­ceive emer­gency help. Thou­sands of peo­ple walk through the door each year seek­ing as­sis­tance.

“We’ve out­grown it,” said Tammy.

In­side U-Turn is two of­fices, which dou­ble as stor­age space, a meet­ing area with a ta­ble that seats eight and some small couches. It also has a fridge and a hot plate, for food.

“If we get 25 peo­ple in here for a meet­ing, you can’t even see who is in the room,” Tammy said, point­ing to a wall that blocks the view of the couches.

They’d like to have a larger meet­ing space, a full kitchen, a full bath­room with a shower, laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties and stor­age area for do­nated items and of­fice sup­plies.

“For ad­dicts, some­times it’s hard to fo­cus,” Jeff ex­plained. “When you’re do­ing one-on-one coun­selling (in the of­fice), there’s so much in there, they could be look­ing all over the place.

“And with ad­dic­tion, they’re al­ways scop­ing stuff out.”

The South River recre­ation com­mit­tee cre­ated the Recre­ation Re­ju­ve­na­tion project and hopes to re­vi­tal­ize the lo­cal ball field, which hasn’t been used for quite some time. The group is also in­ter­ested in cre­at­ing walk­ing trails.

To vote for either project, visit www.avi­va­com­mu­ni­ty­fund.org and search for Car­bon­ear or South River.

Last year the Bac­calieu Trail SPCA placed in the Top 5 of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s con­test and earned $6,000 to help fund a new shel­ter for the re­gion.

The recre­ation com­plex in Pla­cen­tia was also the re­cip­i­ent of $5,000 from Aviva.

Vot­ing will close at 5:30 p.m. New­found­land time on Oct. 23.

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