Bob Down makes plat­inum-level do­na­tion to new pedes­trian bridge on South Huron Trail

The Goderich Signal-Star - - Opinion -

An­other gen­er­ous com­mu­nity mem­ber has made a plat­inum-level do­na­tion to Jones Bridge, a new pedes­trian bridge to be built on the South Huron Trail. Bob Down, of the Ex­eter area, is the lat­est per­son to make a do­na­tion at this level to help make the com­mu­nity safer and more ac­tive. The Chair­man of the Pedes­trian Trail Bridge Com­mu­nity Work­ing Group, Dave Frayne, was tak­ing part at the 2018 South Huron Trail Fundraiser Golf Tour­na­ment, a Jones Bridge fundrais­ing event where Bob was vol­un­teer­ing. At the tour­na­ment, the com­mu­nity group chair­man thanked Bob Down for his per­sonal do­na­tion to the bridge project. “I would like to con­vey to Bob my per­sonal thanks, as well as the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the en­tire com­mu­nity work­ing group, for this gen­er­ous do­na­tion,” said Frayne. “Do­na­tions like this one will help us to re­al­ize the dream of mak­ing our com­mu­nity safer and more ac­tive by build­ing Jones Bridge, a safer and more scenic al­ter­na­tive to walk­ing along the road be­side ve­hi­cle traf­fic in or­der to en­joy both sec­tions of the South Huron Trail.”

Plat­inum-level do­na­tions are do­na­tions of $5,000 or more to the Pedes­trian Bridge on the South Huron Trail, a project of Aus­able Bay­field Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion and many com­mu­nity part­ners.

Right now, some trail users have to walk be­side ve­hi­cle traf­fic along the road­way over Mor­ri­son Dam in or­der to en­joy both sec­tions of the South Huron Trail. A new pedes­trian bridge can change that by of­fer­ing a safer, more scenic al­ter­na­tive. Do­na­tions of all sizes are wel­come to sup­port the bridge project. Do­na­tion lev­els in­clude Plat­inum ($5,000 and over); Gold (be­tween $2,000 and $4,999); Sil­ver ($500 to $1,999); and Bronze (do­na­tions of all amounts up to $499). Do­na­tions to the project, made di­rectly to Aus­able Bay­field Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion, are el­i­gi­ble for char­i­ta­ble gift re­ceipts for in­come tax pur­poses.

The Pedes­trian Trail Bridge Com­mu­nity Work­ing Group held a brief cer­e­mony in June to hon­our the early Plat­inum and Gold level donors who kick-started the cur­rent fundrais­ing cam­paign to build Jones Bridge on the South Huron Trail. Bob Down is one of the com­mu­nity members who have do­nated to the bridge project since that event. The do­na­tion by Bob Down, com­bined with the $6,000 raised at the 2018 South Huron Trail Golf Tour­na­ment, has helped the pedes­trian bridge fundrais­ing cam­paign sur­pass $220,000 in pledges and do­na­tions to date. More is still needed to make the dream re­al­ity. To learn more, or to do­nate, visit abca.ca or phone 519-235-2610 or toll­free 1-888-286-2610. You are also in­vited to con­tact any of the members of the com­mu­nity work­ing group.

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