Lumby’s mayor is pulling out the sleeping bag and tent for a good cause.
Kevin Acton will be camping at the Highway 6 pull-out, on the west side of the village, from 5 p.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Monday to raise awareness about the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Legacy Fund.
“Our social service programs have been underfunded for years,” he said.
“But part of the reason the community is tightly-knit and safe is because we have great social programs.”
The Legacy Fund’s goal is to raise $800,000 over five years. The principle will remain in an endowment fund and the interest generated each year will help cover operational expenses at the centre.
The campaign was launched because government grants are uncertain and the centre almost closed a few years ago.
WCRC services include counselling for adults and families, addictions counselling, after-school activities, Kid’s Zone in Cherryville, summer day camps, toddler programs, cooking classes for those on a budget, seniors drop-in, health information for seniors, Good Food Box and Internet access.
Acton believes the programs are critical.
“I’ve witnessed where people have hit a stumbling block in life and if someone is there to catch them, the drop can be a lot shorter,” he said.
Acton has pulled together some reading material for his outing, but he is counting on Lumby, Cherryville, Whitevale and Mabel Lake residents to keep him busy.
“I want people to come by and chat. It will be great to have some company,” he said, adding that he will also be collecting donations for the Legacy Fund.
For more information about the Legacy Fund campaign or to donate, call 250-547-8866 or go to www.whitevalley.ca.