Beaverlodge, AB — It was a special day for the Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools (GPDCS) and Habitat for Humanity Edmonton (HFHE) as students proudly presented a cheque for $126,000 to HFHE President Alfred Nikolai. The funds will be used to build Habitat homes for two families in Fairview, Alberta. The students began raising funds for Habitat in 2013.
“Habitat is very proud of these students for their hard work, commitment and the fun they had in raising funds for us,” said Alfred Nikolai. “It is very true that the spirit of neighbour-helping-neighbour is thriving in our children. It is exciting to see that they are socially conscious at such a young age. There is a promising future ahead for the communities of Grande Prairie, Fairview and Beaverlodge.”
The GPDCS students held a variety of activities to raise the funds. It is a testament to what children are capable of accomplishing when a need arises.
“What a tremendous gift and legacy to be able to share with all of students, staff and parents, that a dream that began over a year-and-a-half ago has now been fulfilled because we all have worked together and achieved this goal as a whole school community,” said Russ Snoble, Principal, St. Mary Catholic School, Beaverlodge. “God has richly blessed the efforts of us all and we are truly thankful to God and to one another that we have not only reached, but exceeded, our goal.”
The two Fairview families selected for the Habitat program will pay an interest-free mortgage that is never more than 25 per cent of their income. This will enable them to build equity in their home and provide them with greater disposable income.