Rising Above Ministry in Grande Prairie has surpassed its $100,000 fundraising goal at this year’s Share-a-Thon. The group raised more than $114,000 recently at the 9th annual event held alongside Reach Fm. Executive Director Mel Sigglekow says it means a lot to the group to see this kind of community support.
“We’re very optimistic and excited; not just because of the dollars raised but it shows the ongoing support that we have from the community at large and that’s just very, very encouraging and motivating for us to keep doing what we’re doing.”
Rising Above has operated in Grande Prairie for the past twelve years and has 33 beds for men and women in need across the community. Prior to 2012, the group was fully funded by the province but that year, funding was cut because they no longer fit into the guidelines.
Following the cuts, Sigglekow says they had to find other ways to make the money. He adds that all the money raised through this fundraiser will go towards operating costs to ensure the doors stay open.
“We have residential space in this facility for 19 men and we have three spaces in the community for women for a total of 14 beds so we have 33 residential beds that we operate. To keep the staffing and the operations and to keep those 33 beds full is what that money is used for.”
Out of the ministry’s two yearly fundraisers, the Share-a-Thon event is the largest.