The local fundraising committee for Habitat for Humanity is kicking off 2017 on a bright note.
"We've really tried to get some cohesion in the fundraising piece of what we're doing and part of it has been working with Habitat for Humanity on what model they need and how much do we actually need to raise," said committee chair Chris Curtis.
The group is about one third of the way to their fundraising goal of $120,000 and Curtis was happy to learn they'll be getting in-kind donations from people involved in the trades who can help out with the project.
"The location is picked out and the house has been demolished, we got a vacant lot and so that's exciting, that's a good start," stated Curtis.
Overall he feels very optimistic for the project moving forward and believes they are in a unique situation compared to other Habitat for Humanity projects in Alberta.
"We are in some ways a test case for them. A small community, can we build a house here and can we maintain a committee and keep doing the fundraising and I keep saying what a great community Drumheller is. Whenever anybody thinks of giving and you come up with a worthy cause, people in Drumheller rise to the challenge," added Curtis
The committee will be holding a Valentine's dinner on February 11 to help raise funds for the project. The supper will take place at St. Anthony's Hall and will feature various types of romantic dishes.
More information on the fundraiser and the project can be found by calling Curtis at 403-820-0662.