Fundraising benefit for Scout Hall repairs


Two local businesses have started a fundraising drive to offset the cost of repairs to the Scout Hall on Lambton Street in Kincardine.

The Coast FM and The Bruce Bar and Grill want to raise $13,000 to help Kincardine Scouting erase a $15,500 to Scouts Canada.

Nancy Jackson, the group commissioner of Kincardine Scouting, says the group’s trouble started last Christmas when this area endured a number of heavy rains.

The water undermined the cement slab holding up the back wall of the building, causing damage to the slab and the back wall.

The local scouts didn’t have enough money in reserves to cover the repairs and the organization had to borrow money from Scouts Canada to make the repairs.

Brad Kirkconnell of the Bruce Bar says, “The scout hall made a difference in my life.” He remembers being one of a couple of hundred Venturers who travelled to Ottawa, Montreal and the east coast in 1967. They saw the Queen in Ottawa and visited Expo 67 in Montreal.

In the next few days, Kirkconnell plans to challenge former Scout members to get involved and make a contribution to the fund.

And on Friday, Nov. 28,  there will be a fundraising dinner at the Bruce Bar from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Scouts will help serve and clean up the tables and part of the meal price will go towards the scout hall repairs. From 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., there will be a dance with the band Crazymaker. Admission will be by donation – scout leaders will run the door. There will also be a silent auction during the evening.

The Coast FM will take call-in pledges and promote the event.

Anyone wanting to make a donation can send cheques to: Kincardine Scouting, 278 Lambton St., Kincardine, Ontario.