Coun. Katie Robinson cuts the ribbon for the Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre Society’s new fundraising mural in the centre. The fundraiser kicked off on Dec. 3, globally-recognized as Giving Tuesday, to fundraise to address needed upgrades and renovations in the 20-year-old building. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Penticton’s Seniors’ Drop-In starts Toonie fundraiser

Coun. Katie Robinson was the first to donate to the cause

The Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre Society (PSDICS) has kick-started its new fundraising campaign today to help restore the facility to its former glory.

Coinciding with Giving Tuesday, the globally-recognized day of giving back on Dec. 3, the society’s fundraising theme is “Thanks for the Toonie – Keeping the dream alive” and the goal is to collect enough Toonies to theoretically stretch across Penticton from Okanagan Lake to Skaha Lake.

“After 20 years (in this building), we have renovations to do, we have upgrades to do. And we’re outgrowing this building so we’re also looking at future plans,” said society president Mignonne Wood, who noted that the city’s recently passed plans for the Robinson property, on which the centre is located, allows for a small expansion of the building.

Residents don’t just have to donate Toonies to participate, but the society believed it would be easier to gear the fundraiser towards those who carry spare change they can afford to give.

READ MORE: Penticton’s Seniors’ Drop-In Centre wants to fundraise enough Toonies to ‘virtually’ stretch across the city

Wood said one of the high-priority upgrades the centre will need soon is a new HVAC system, which comes with a price tag of $50,000. She said the society applied for a grant for this project but was denied.

“If the HVAC system were to fail, we would have to close,” said Wood. “The floor in the great hall is also getting more and more scarred, right now we’ve just refinished it but in five years it’s going to need to be fully replaced for a $150,000.”

Businesses that donate to the cause can have their building added to the fundraiser mural, which was painted by local artist Larry Hunter, who also painted Penticton’s visitors’ map. Residents can also personalize their addition to the mural, for an additional cost, to include their pet or a special occasion or experience.

Coun. Katie Robinson was the first to add her Toonie to the fundraiser, which will collect funds for the next year according to Wood.

Donations over $25 will qualify donors for a tax receipt from the society.

Wood said their goal of $400,000 is ambitious, but the society would be happy to reach $100,000 or any amount between.

Donations can be made at the centre, located at 2965 S Main St.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Jordyn Thomson | Reporter
JordynThomson 
Send Jordyn Thomson an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Princeton – a Prince Town in waiting?

The Town of Princeton has been waiting 160 years for a Royal… Continue reading

RCMP release photos of man wanted in Princeton armed robbery

RCMP have released photos and a description of the man suspected of… Continue reading

Princeton gas station attendant robbed at gun point

A man wielding a hand gun robbed the Princeton Husky on Highway… Continue reading

Motorists face significant fines for handheld device use

Roughly one-quarter of vehicle collisions in British Columbia are attributed to distracted driving

COLUMN: Considering medically assisted dying

The federal government has undertaken to review of the current legislation

Older Canadians highlighted in Kelowna film project to fight ageism

The project is part of a campaign to combat ageism

Closed mills, housing surge support a positive forecast for lumber industries

B.C. lumber producers have closed mills accounting for 18% of province’s capacity, RBC report says

Good Samaritan pays part of rent for B.C. woman facing eviction in can-collecting dispute

Zora Hlevnjak, 76, supplements her pension by collecting cans and receiving public donations

Group builds shelters for Vernon’s stray cats

Twenty insulated cat shelters were constructed by volunteers and delivered around town

UBCO partners with Boeing to test new anti-ice coating technology

The coating could one day be applied to all airplanes to prevent ice buildup

Revelstoke already double last year’s snowfall

The city is just below halfway to the snowiest winter on record

True Stories: Okanagan memoir-writers, reading

Reading with local North Okanagan writers Art Dalton, Patti Shales Lefkos, Raven Dahl, Janelle Hardy

Kelowna’s last video store, Leo’s Videos, to remain open despite failed sale

Kelowna’s last video rental store will remain open and under its namesake’s ownership

COLUMN: Choosing a face to show the world

It will not be easy to select the face to display on Canada’s new $5 bill

Most Read