Drumheller is in the process of taking it's first baby steps to raise funds and share information about the proposed Pregnancy Care Centre.
On Thursday, April 4th, many Drumheller and area residents, along with doctors and nurses attended the first annual fundraising and information night.
There were desserts, entertainment and a silent auction to raise funds for this much needed Pregnancy Care Centre in the Valley.
The Emcee of the evening was Drumheller resident Scott Gamble, whose wife Michelle, spearheaded this idea because she saw an extreme need for this in Drumheller.
"The Pregnancy Care Centre walks alongside women, men and families dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, who with compassion, offers the best information about all their different choices and most of all just gives them the support that they may not have in their lives," Gamble explained. "Often a lot of people in those situations don't know where to turn and kind of see that they only have one choice. Whatever their choices are, they walk with them in those things."
The fundraiser had planned on having 160 people attend, but the attendance grew astronomically when the doors opened. There is great interest and a need for this facility in our community.
"Over 190 people there last night, just banging down the doors to get in because they see it is something that our community needs. The executive director, from the Pregnancy Care Centre, in Red Deer, Anne Waddell, came and shared the amazing work that they do and they want to come and do it here with us. Our community loudly said we want that here too. Just thrilled at the response from Drumheller, said Gamble.
Fundraising is an important part of cutting our teeth into this big project for the Pregnancy Care Centre. A director and many volunteers will be needed in the near future.
"Unfortunately we don't have the Centre here right now. We're just in the early planning stages. From the funds that were raised last night, we will hire a part-time director, get that person trained, and they will come back and start to train volunteers here. Late fall they'll look at finding a location and getting a Centre up and running," said Gamble.