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