Donation goes to public vote

An Armstrong business is issuing a challenge to residents to support their favourite charity.

An Armstrong business is issuing a challenge to residents to support their favourite charity.

Heaton Place Retirement Residence has put up $1,000 that could benefit the Alzheimers Society, the Royal Canadian Legion in Armstrong, the Royal Canadian Legion in Enderby, the Seniors Information and Resource Bureau, the Seniors Activity Centre, the Halina Centre and the Schubert Centre.

“We knew we wanted to give back to the community in a significant way to kick off the new year, but with so many deserving groups we were struggling with how to disperse the money fairly,” said Alex Miller, Heaton Place spokesperson.

“In the end we all agreed that the best solution would be to let the public decide.”

Members of the public can go to the Heaton Place presentation centre at 3340 Okanagan St. in Armstrong during regular business hours (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and vote for any one of the seven local groups.

The $1,000 will be split based on the percentage of votes each charity/not-for-profit receives.

“For example, if one group earns 15 per cent of the votes, they would get $150, which is 15 per cent of the funds,” said Heaton.

Voting will run until March 26 when the finally tally will be announced.

“I hope we see lots of participation from individuals and businesses in the community in support of such great causes,” said Heaton.