Thank you bar­be­cue to tip scale for Mor­gan Jayne In­fant Care Cen­ter

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Or­ga­niz­ers of the Mor­gan Jayne Project are hop­ing the thank you bar­be­cue com­ing up on May 23 will be the sin­gle event to put them over the top in re­al­iz­ing its goal of build­ing the Mor­gan Jayne In­fant Care Cen­ter.

The cam­paign is about $8,000 away from meet­ing its goal to bring an in­fant hospi­tal to the Roatan to help chil­dren at risk. Since the clinic was an­nounced in Septem­ber of 2008, from scratch they have raised the al­most $80,000 to build the clinic in just a few short months. The sup­port con­tin­ues to steam­roll to­wards the goal.

“At first this was just go­ing to be a chance to get some of the peo­ple who have con­trib­uted to­gether, and now we have 20 peo­ple help­ing,” said Makowecki.

He says the mes­sage has spread like wild­fire on the In­ter­net and through Face­book, and even more sup­port has come for­ward.

The founder and op­er­a­tor of Familias Salud­ables Va­lerie Nel­son, the or­ga­ni­za­tion that de­liv­ers the Mor­gan Jayne Project on the Is­land of Roatan will be in Drumheller for the thank-you bar­be­cue.

They have a full af­ter­noon planned, firstly to thank Drumheller res­i­dents who have pitched into the project in myr­iad of ways; from buy­ing can­dles to par­tak­ing in pan­cake break­fasts and buy­ing in­fant for­mula to min­i­mize the ex­po­sure of ba­bies to HIV and AIDs through their mother’s breast milk, all the way up to a few who have trav­elled to the Roatan to work on the ground. The com­mu­nity has also been very gen­er­ous with the an­nual Christ­mas ap­peal from the clinic.

The sec­ond pur­pose of the bar­be­cue is to meet its fundrais­ing goal to com­plete the clinic for chil­dren. Progress has been steadily made to fin­ish the fundrais­ing for the fa­cil­ity. Al­ready construction is un­der­way. Lo­cal con­trac­tors have been gen­er­ous with their labour. Penn State Uni­ver­sity has also come on­board sup­ply­ing a so­lar elec­tric power in­stal­la­tion to keep the lights on at the clinic.

The clinic re­ceived a great boost just last week as Mor­gan Jayne’s mother and step­fa­ther Delia and Dur­rell Wi­ley, who own Is­land BMW, held a mo­tor­cy­cle rally in Vic­to­ria and raised $7,500.

Not only is the project plan­ning to meet its goals, but smash them.

“We are aim­ing for about $12,000, the ad­di­tional $4,000 is to help buy cribs and fur­nish­ings for the clinic,” said Makowecki, adding once the clinic is com­plete, the project will re­turn to its orig­i­nal goal of sup­ply­ing for­mula.

The bar­be­cue starts at 3 p.m. An artist's ren­di­tion of the Mor­gan Jayne In­fant Care Cen­tre. The Mor­gan Jayne Project hopes they will raise the re­main­ing $8,000 need to com­plete the project at a bar­be­cue to thank the com­mu­nity for its sup­port on Satur­day, May 23 at Mid­land Hall, start­ing at 3 p.m.

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