Boys and Girls Club campaign reaches over $3.21 million

By Lindsay Advocate

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal, will be on hand today to help the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes open a number of new facilities.

Over the past several years, the club’s foundation has raised $3.214 million to renovate and add new features to the Lindsay Street site. Minister Leal will be representing Minister of Children and Youth Services, Michael
Coteau, to open the facilities.

The Ministry provided $1.6 million in funding for the project making the co-location of Chimo Youth and Family Services and the construction of two new classrooms for students needing special supports possible. The Ministry and 31 other donors will be recognized for their contributions at the ceremony.

The donors will take part in the opening ceremonies, enjoy cake and refreshments before touring the new facilities. Tours will include the Chimo suite, classrooms, basketball complex, beach volleyball complex, new gazebos and other improvements.

A donor recognition monument has been installed and will be viewed during the tours. The work builds on the Club’s already bustling community hub and will make services easier to access for local families. The outdoor spaces will greatly improve services to Club members.

Residents will be welcome to use the facilities in the Club’s off program times and the active living benefits speak for themselves. Similar facilities in other communities have served to boost the local economy by attracting visitors who patronize restaurants and businesses.

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