Brock Township has committed $15,000 over the next five years in support of fundraising efforts to rebuild Grandview Children’s Centre.
The donation will be funded through the Township’s annual charity golf tournament as long as the event continues to generate enough fundraising revenue.
“If the golf tournament takes a poop, it (the annual donation) comes back to this table,” said Mayor Debbie Bath-Hadden during budget deliberations.
The Township’s contribution matches the municipal donations from both Uxbridge and Scugog.
Grandview’s main facility in Oshawa was built in 1983 to serve just 400 children. It now serves more than 6,000 children and youth with special needs annually in Durham Region – including more than 200 in Brock Township – and there are 3,000 more on a waitlist.
“The new Grandview will provide better space for the provision of group options to our clients in order to see more of them. The space itself will not address the entire waitlist but will go a long way to alleviate our current inability to expand services and/or staff. It will also allow us the opportunity to do things differently in a modern, state-of-the-art facility,” reads a statement on the capital campaign from the Grandview Kids Foundation.
“At the same time, we are having conversations with community organizations that Grandview families frequently access. Our goal is to have a facility where families can get what they need in one convenient location.”
The Town of Ajax donated property to Grandview in November of 2015 for the construction of a multi- storey building, parking lot and outdoor therapeutic space. The five-acre parcel of land is located on the east side of Harwood Avenue, north of Rossland Road and south of Taunton Road.
The building itself will cost approximately $43 million with another $10 million toward furnishings, fixtures and equipment for a total one-time cost of $53 million.
The Province has committed to $31 million for the project and Grandview Children’s Foundation is currently raising $20 million through a community fundraising campaign.
“We are also looking at additional funding sources including the federal government and others to bridge the gap,” the statement reads.
“We believe that all children dream of achieving their full potential, and together we can make it happen. Join us on our journey to create the new Grandview so that we can help children and youth with special needs today and tomorrow.”
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