Get to Know… PRO Kids and Darwin Event Group
Darwin Event Group presented a cheque for $2,726 to Town Council on October 23, 2018 to help initiate the upcoming PRO Kids program in the Town of Lunenburg. How did this happen?
PRO Kids (Positive Recreation Opportunities for Kids) is a program that provides financial assistance to children and youth who, due to lack of funds, are not able to participate in sport, recreation, and cultural activities. Developed in the City of Thunder Bay, PRO Kids has been embraced by municipalities across the country. Founding funders Senator Wilfred and Jane Ritcey Moore generously made it possible to initiate the program in Lunenburg, now Darwin Event Group have begun a relationship as well.
Darwin, an experienced independent company based in Berwick, are coordinating the Summer and Christmas craft festivals in Lunenburg, and developing partnerships in the community to help attract visitors. As a way of giving back to residents, Darwin donated $1 of every admission from July’s Lunenburg Craft & Food Festival to our PRO Kids program.
The July 13-14, 2018 festival was a two-day event with 120 vendors and the addition of food trucks and entertain-ment to make a family-friendly show. The attendance of 3,689 people, including about 500 to the food truck party, enabled the generous donation to PRO Kids. Darwin’s plan is to include a PRO Kids fundraiser in the 2019 summer event. “The Lunenburg Craft & Food Festival was a huge success and we could not have done this without the support of the Town of Lunenburg and the community involvement,” said co-owner Natalie Schurman.
Darwin is also managing the Lunenburg Christmas Craft Festival over the December 1-2, 2018 weekend using three buildings – the Community Centre, Curling Club, and Bluenose Academy – for about 100 vendors. All items at the show will be hand-crafted. Darwin will again be donating $1 per admission to PRO Kids at the Christmas event.
If you or someone you know would like to donate to PRO Kids, please contact the Recreation Department at 902-634-4006.
Craft festivals and PRO Kids… what a great way to celebrate artistic talent and create youth opportunities in Lunenburg!