Most organizations have taken a hit, especially when it comes to fundraising, as the COVID-19 pandemic set forth challenges.
Regularly the construction and operating costs of the Falun ice rink are funded by donations and fundraising events however, the Pigeon Lake Athletic Cultural and Educational Society (PLACE Society) have found that the virus has created a challenge to regular fundraising.
One of the rink’s biggest fundraisers was a casino fundraiser that was held every two years, which has been cancelled throughout COVID.
Ron Lupton with PLACE Society says that, “In our brainstorming efforts to come up with other means of raising funds and donations, we came up with reaching out to the community in a different way.”
PLACE Society came up with the “Woodworker’s Challenge”.
Woodworker volunteers from Falun, Millet, Ma-Me-O Beach, Westerose, and Wetaskiwin and donations from local businesses have cumulated to allow PLACE Society volunteers to construct flower boxes and birdhouses which will be auctioned off and sold to raise money for the Falun ice rink.
Lupton says that to date PLACE Society has constructed over 100 flower boxes and many birdhouses.
“We have the ability to make flower boxes and planters to the size you wish,” says Lupton. He states the PLACE Society plans to start offering the items on Facebook and sell the items at the Falun ice rink on the May 24, 2022, weekend.