Tourney boosts funds for Sprague Housing


At the golf tournament, Tom Hebel Branch Manager for Community Credit Union presents a cheque for $5,000 to Elsa Laing East Borderland Community Housing Chairperson.

By Marianne Curtis

   Over eighty golfers showed up in Buffalo Point to participate in the 4th Annual East Borderland and Community Housing Golf Tournament which took place on June 12.

   Elsie Lang, chairperson for the East Borderland Community Housing project is pleased with the response to the recent fundraising golf tournament that took place on behalf of the facility.

   “We are very pleased,” stated Lang. “We had some rain for a few hours but it didn’t take anyone off the course.”

   Through the tournament approximately $9,000 was raised at the event.

   The East Borderland Community Housing committee has been actively fundraising for seniors housing to be attached to the current primary health care center located along Highway #12 in Sprague.

   The entire project is composed of 12 personal care beds, 8 supportive units and 15 elderly person’s housing units. East Borderland Community Housing Inc. has taken responsibility for funding, constructing, and operating the Elderly Person’ Housing (EPH). The EPH part of the project is estimated to cost approximately $2.2 million.

   “This brings our fundraising total to about $300,000,” added Lang. She admits that it has taken five years of hard work to get this money and there is still no spades in the ground.

   “We hoped to be building by now and we had projected that it would take four to five years minimum to get things going,” explained Lang. “It is hard to be clear on a time frame and we expect something within the next year.”

   She says that her group has been told that Manitoba Health is not committing to new projects at this time but the need is escalating within the region again.

   “The waiting lists are starting to lengthen again and so some decisions need to be made but we are one of many looking for care beds in the region and we can not be forgotten.”

   She added that East Borderland Community Housing is also working with Manitoba Housing to get support for the housing units and expect that something will be finalized soon.

   “Some of us are getting a bit fatigued but it is the need that surrounds us that gives us the drive to keep going,” Lang concluded.

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