Rain barrel sale to raise funds for Vanastra Recreation Centre
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Lissa Berard and the Vanastra Recreation Centre are returning to a successful fundraiser of years past, selling rain barrels to raise money for the centre.
The centre has, in recent years, held a very successful chicken dinner fundraiser, but has had to put that on hold after the COVID-19 pandemic struck. On the hunt for a new way to raise money for the centre, Berard thought it made sense to return to the rain barrel fundraiser that proved successful a number of years ago.
Not only are people spending more time at home, leading to an uptick in interest in gardening, but Berard said the barrels can help people save money on their water bills and lower their impact on the environment. She also said it would mean re-applying rainwater to plants and grass, as opposed to treated tap water.
Berard said it seemed like a simple way to raise money for the centre. The last time the centre sold barrels, 40 were bought. This time around, Berard is hoping to sell 100. The cost to the buyer is $55 per barrel and the centre will get $10 per barrel for its fundraising efforts.
The company that produces the barrels, Berard said, recycles used food shipping containers, converting them into rain barrels.
Orders can be made online until May 28. Pick-up for the barrels will be situated at all three of Huron East’s recreation centres in Brussels, Seaforth and Vanastra is scheduled for June 5.
Rain barrels can be purchased at rainbarrel.ca. The Vanastra Recreation Centre fundraiser is listed under four communities: Brussels, Seaforth, Clinton and Vanastra. Choose the community in which you’d like to pick up your barrel. Pick-ups for Brussels are at the Brussels, Morris and Grey Community Centre, Seaforth pick-ups are at the Seaforth and District Community Centre and pick-ups for both Clinton and Vanastra will be at the Vanastra Recreation Centre.
Berard says the funds raised won’t be earmarked for any specific project, but that there are always expenses cropping up at the centre and it will be nice to be ready for them when they do.
Visit rainbarrel.ca for more information.