Pineview Furnishings campaign surpasses goal

Jodi Schellenberg
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The Pineview Furnishing Campaign didn’t just meet their goal, they exceeded it by $121,000.

They raised a total of $1,071,000,surpassing the original goal of $950,000.

“We are really pleased with the response from Prince Albert area, businesses and individuals who made donations to the campaign,” campaign member Lyle Karasiuk said.  

The goal was to raise enough money in 60 days to furnish the new building that residents will be moving into next year.

“Certainly think of the furnishings campaign, as you are moving into a brand new house,” Karasiuk said. “Sure there are a few things you have to take with you but there are lots of things you don’t have.

“That is exactly what this campaign was about was furnishing a brand new home for the existing 34 residents of Pineview Terrace and the soon to be additional 26 residents who are going to move when the new building opens,” he added. “What we needed was everything from dishes to forks to knives to cups to pictures on the wall, tables and chairs, you name it. Everything that goes into the house needed to be furnished by this campaign.”

They received amazing response from the community, he said.

“We set a goal when we started this campaign on Oct. 22 that we were going to be doing this for 60 days and our campaign met its goal in 42 days thanks in all parts to the tremendous generosity from so many wonderful people in the city of Prince Albert and surrounding area,” Karasiuk said. “It is not just businesses locally that stepped up or individuals but there are individuals from many communities around Prince Albert and area that wanted to be part of the campaign and we are happy they did and we are happy to have them on board because we exceeded our goal.”

Raising an extra $121,000 means they can buy extra items they may not have had enough money to buy before.

“Exceeding our goal -- it is like when we budget to build something,” Karasiuk explained. “We have a dollar figure in mind but if we could save a little here or there we realize I could really buy that item or I would really like to have that. Now that is exactly what is going to happen.”

The Materials Management team for the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region will be buying all the necessary items in the coming months, he said. The extra money will allow them to get other items or do upgrades to those they already have.

He is very thankful for all the support, big or small and said there are still people making donations even though the campaign is over.

“When we sat down to plan this early this summer we were a little bit worried that it is a fairly large number and there are always other fundraising projects in the community that are ongoing,” Karasiuk said. “Everything we got, no matter how big or how small, was greatly appreciated.”  

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