Vanderhoof pool $500,000 goal reached in less than 16 months

Community members in Vanderhoof and surrounding areas came together to demonstrate their overwhelming support for pool.

Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre Fundraising Society

 

Community members in Vanderhoof and surrounding areas have come together to demonstrate their overwhelming support for a local aquatic centre. In less than 16 months, the Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre Fundraising Society has reached its goal of $500,000.

The Society would like to say a huge thank you to community members, families, local businesses, and organizations in Vanderhoof and surrounding areas for their amazing support throughout this fundraising campaign. Raising $500,000 in a community of 4,500 people is no small feat and the Society thanks everyone who made this possible. Donations came in from diverse businesses, surrounding communities, many of our area’s youngest residents, and countless individuals.

The speed at which the community came together to raise $500,000 is truly remarkable and speaks to just how much Vanderhoof and the surrounding areas want this pool.

The goal of $500,000 raised by the community was originally set to demonstrate the level of support for this project. Now that the Society has reached its goal, the District of Vanderhoof will be using this clear support to approach larger companies and government bodies to request and secure the remaining $6 million for the aquatic centre.

According to Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen, “We at Council are working very diligently on a number of initiatives to secure the remaining six million dollars needed to build the pool. Our hope is to report back to the community as to where our efforts have led us in the next couple of months.”

As for the fundraising committee, we have a few more fundraisers coming up.  A silent auction was held on March 5, a Skate-a-thon is planned for March 12, and the second annual Ice Out Party will be held at the Vanderhoof Arena on May 7. Donations are still being accepted for the pool. Any additional money that is raised will go towards the total funds required. All donations are tax deductible.