Community support is being sought for redevelopment of Camp Hurlburt.

Community support is being sought for redevelopment of Camp Hurlburt.

Camp Hurlburt named Aviva semi-finalist

Just one out of seven local groups in the Canada-wide Aviva competition has made the cut.

Just one out of seven local groups in the Canada-wide Aviva competition has made the cut.

Rebuild Camp Hurlburt is the last remaining local contestant in the Aviva Community Fund.

Hurlburt moves on to the semi-finals, against 89 other ideas from across the country. Each of the projects are competing to gain the most votes in their respective budget sizes.

Voting for the semi-finalists begins Monday and runs until Dec. 16 at www.avivacommunityfund.org. Camp Hurlburt is idea number ACF10943 in the youth category and is hoping to secure up to $150,000 to help rebuild the camp.

The top 30 ideas will move onto the finals, where the judges will decide which ideas will be awarded grant money.

“We’re very thankful to everybody who has gotten us there because it makes a big difference,” said Jennifer Yeo, with the Camp Hurlburt Association.

“We just hope that everyone sticks to it and keeps voting, and vote every day.”

Camp Hurlburt is a two-and-a-half acre, forested, beach waterfront camp, located on Okanagan Lake, just 20 minutes from downtown Vernon.

For 80 years, Camp Hurlburt has been a place for children and youth to gather.

But the buildings are old and the facilities are in desperate need of upgrading.

The Camp Hurlburt Association, a non-profit society is, in conjunction with the Rebuilding Hurlburt Committee, is working on rebuilding the camp.

Rebuild Camp Hurlburt is a $3.5 million project, and if successful, the Aviva funds would allow phase one of the rebuild to take place. For information, visit www.rebuildhurlburt.com.

However, every idea can be a winner.

All ideas with associated charities that are not moving on to the semi-finals will have their “vote now” button replaced with a “donate now”  button. These ideas can continue to leverage AvivaCommunityFund.org to collect donations from supporters.

And a couple even have a shot at funding through the broker supported competition.

This is a second chance for those that didn’t make the cut, which includes the Community Dental Access Centre Renovation Project and Let’s Get Moving Moving Moving – Okanagan Power Soccer.