Editorial — July 21, 2014

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Online voting begins Monday morning in a contest that could have the city halfway home in its efforts to rebuild the waterslides at Kinsmen Park.

It will take a massive effort to mobilize the vote enough on Monday and Tuesday to win the top spot in the Kraft Celebration Tour.

If the city is successful it will pocket a cool $100,000 to go with the $25,000 that the Kinsmen Water Park has already won.

No doubt a community fundraising effort to raise the rest of the money would quickly begin and work would soon begin to replace the aging facility.

If you want to get in on the fun on Monday, the public is invited to a kickoff barbecue for the Kraft Celebration Tour voting kickoff barbecue. The event begins at the Kinsmen Water Park at 11:30 a.m.

Besides a hotdog, a drink and a free box of Kraft Dinner

Visit www.kraftcelebrationtour.ca if you want to cast a ballot or you can find a link through www.citypa.ca, which is the city’s website. If you don’t have a computer, they will be made available during regular business hours at City Hall and the Alfred Jenkins Fieldhouse.

Prince Albert has a long history of supporting community initiatives so it will certainly be in the running against the other projects, which include an outdoor skating rink in Montebello, Que., a community boathouse in Nanaimo, B.C., a youth activity centre and skate park -- St. Andrews, N.B., the Barrhead Curling Club in Barrhead, Alta., the Springhill Lions Park in Springhill, N.S., the Birchwood Field in Charlottetown, P.E.I., the Holland Recreation Committee in Holland, Man., the Gander Community Tennis Association in Gander, N.L., and The Miracle League of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ont. 

At first blush they all appear to be terrific community projects and well deserving of the $100,000.

But if Prince Albert has its way, they will be battling for second.

 

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Congratulations to the Prince Albert SPCA for its fifth and final Fore For Pets Celebrity Golf Tournament that ran last week.

We commend them for a couple of reasons.

First of all, the golf tournament turned out to be a wonderful money maker that also found a way to shine the community’s light on the project every August.

The proof of the success can be found in the magnificent new facility that the SPCA moved into earlier this summer.

The second thing that the SPCA needs to be recognized for is its willingness to say goodbye to a good source of much-needed revenue.

Tournament organizer Loren Sproat explained the organization’s reasoning to the Daily Herald’s Matt Gardner last week.

“Events that are associated with charity, I think some of them have an end life on them … Five years, people are prepared to commit to this, and that’s just how we designed it when we went into it,” he said.

Well done SPCA.

 

Prince Albert Daily Herald

Organizations: Prince Albert, Barrhead Curling Club, Daily Herald Holland Recreation Committee Gander Community Tennis Association The Miracle League

Geographic location: Kinsmen Water Park, Montebello, Nanaimo Barrhead Springhill Lions Park Springhill Charlottetown Holland Gander Ottawa, Ont

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