Com­mu­nity sup­port helped win funds for restora­tion

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY JOEY SMITH

Rev. Va­lerie Kings­bury says the over­whelm­ing sup­port wher church re­ceived dur­ing an on­line com­pe­ti­tion shows Truro and area is a com­mu­nity that cares.

The First United Church re­ceived a $60,000 grand prize af­ter win­ning the Na­tional Trust ‘This Place Mat­ters’ on­line con­test. The Truro church won in the big project cat­e­gory af­ter re­ceiv­ing the most votes.

“For us, as mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion, of course we love the space be­cause it’s our spir­i­tual home and we be­lieve it’s an im­por­tant part of the Town of Truro from a his­tor­i­cal per­spec­tive, cer­tainly for the char­ac­ter of the town. And it’s kind of nice to know that we’re not alone in that and that the com­mu­nity it­self also un­der­stands the im­por­tance of this struc­ture and the part that it plays,” Kings­bury said.

Kings­bury was on hand dur­ing a celebratio­n at Truro’s civic square where the Na­tional Trust pre­sented the church with its award.

Mem­bers of the church’s This Place Mat­ters com­mit­tee were also present, along with Ali­son Faulknor, the direc­tor of new ini­tia­tives for the Na­tional Trust. Faulknor pre­sented a ban­ner to the church to mark the oc­ca­sion.

The First United Church will

use the fund­ing for their Win­dows to the Fu­ture project and re­place 14 large win­dows in the cen­tury-plus old church. About half of that money was al­ready in hand and the rev­enue gen­er­ated through the con­test will go a long way toward meeting that fi­nal goal.

“They did such a su­per job,” Faulknor said of the Truro com­mit­tee.

“They were a great group to work with and they’re a real tes­ta­ment to when a com­mu­nity has a re­ally big idea and a lot of heart,

you can do re­ally ex­cit­ing things.”

The church restora­tion project, which also in­cludes a re­stored steeple and roof re­place­ment, is ex­pected to be com­plete by De­cem­ber of 2018.

Twenty-five par­tic­i­pat­ing project groups from coast to coast com­peted from June 14 to July 20 for Canadians’ votes and do­na­tions dur­ing the on­line con­test. Ev­ery group had the chance to win — and raise — much-needed fund­ing for es­sen­tial projects. The Canada-wide con­test, which pro­vided a to­tal of $220,000 in

cash prizes, was held as a way to breathe new life into his­toric places across Canada.

The Truro church re­ceived a to­tal of 107,806 votes.

“It’s a re­ally fun way of gal­va­niz­ing the com­mu­nity be­hind places that mat­ter, like the First United Church, and to not only di­rect fund­ing to them, but to raise aware­ness of these great places and just show­case them to other com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try to re­al­ize it is re­ally pos­si­ble and these old places can serve a new pur­pose,” said Faulknor.

Joey smitH/truro daily news

Truro’s First United Church was the win­ner of $60,000 in fund­ing from the Na­tional Trust for Canada af­ter win­ning the ‘This Place Mat­ters’ on­line con­test. Church rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Na­tional Trust rep­re­sen­ta­tives, along with com­mu­nity part­ners from...

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