Knox needs more votes


There still are a few more days to vote in the first round of this year’s Aviva Community Fund Challenge—and Knox United Church here needs your help.
“Currently we are sitting in 13th spot, which is excellent, but we’d like to still definitely improve our position,” Bill Gushulak, co-chair of the “Knox Renewal” fundraising campaign, said yesterday morning.
If the local church wants its submission to move on to the semi-final round, and have a chance at the prize money, it needs to finish in the top 10 when voting closes Monday (Oct. 13) at 11 a.m.
“We can only do this with your good help, so continue with your daily voting and also please spread the word to any of your contacts to do the same,” Gushulak stressed.
“The other projects will be doing the same so it is imperative that we not be content with our current standing.”
Knox is seeking funding for its renewal project to make the church more accessible.
“[It] is a large, centrally-located building used by the entire community, but currently it is not fully-accessible to people who use wheelchairs, motorized scooters, or other mobility aids,” the submission notes.
In order to correct the situation, the church plans to install an elevator and barrier-free washrooms, with an estimated price tag of $160,000.
Final renovation plans have been approved and work is set to begin as soon as funds are in place.
The submission is entered into the $50,000-$100,000 category, and is competing against a variety of ideas from all across Canada.
The Aviva Challenge is based on a voting system, with people able to vote once a day.
There will be three qualifying rounds prior to the December semi-finals, with voting in the first qualifying round running until Monday at 11 a.m.
The top 10 submissions from each qualifying round proceed directly to the semi-finals.
“We’re excited and we’re appreciative of the support from the public,” Gushulak said.
“It would be a great addition to our community to be able to have another accessible building,” he noted.
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