With only four months until the anticipated opening of the Emo spray park, the committee’s fundraising campaign definitely has kicked into high gear.
One of the newest contributors to the cause is Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo.
Cloverleaf will donate 3.5 percent of the value of all cash register receipts dated between March 1-May 31, 2009.
Customers may participate by dropping off their receipts at the CIBC in Emo, Queen Street Manor, the Emo Public Library, the municipal office, and several other businesses and locations around Emo.
“We decided to contribute to the park through the collection of the register receipts because we figured it would create a lot of excitement for the spray park and it would be good for the store, too,” enthused Cloverleaf owner Mark Loney.
Cloverleaf used the same technique when funds were being raised for renovations to the Emo hospital.
“That time, the seniors raised a great deal of money and were one of the top groups in the campaign,” Loney noted. “So we decided to use the cash register receipt idea again.
“We hope that everyone that shops at Cloverleaf will get involved in this worthwhile project,” he added.
“It will be very easy for our customers to find a ‘Spray Park’ bucket at one of the drop-off locations around Emo.”
Donald Young and Sturgeon Creek schools also are taking part in the campaign by collecting the Cloverleaf cash register receipts.
The class in each school which collects the highest amount will win a pizza party, courtesy of the spray park committee.
As part of the final push to raise the necessary money to begin construction, the spray park committee once again is distributing “memorial brick” application forms to Emo residents (watch for them soon in your mail).
If you have been putting off buying a brick, you have one more opportunity.
The committee hopes it can have all the brick orders in by the end of March.
“We’re in the home stretch on our fundraising effort and are ready to order the equipment for installation this spring,” said committee chairman Lincoln Dunn.
“This is our final push to allow people to purchase the bricks that so many have expressed an interest in.
“However, the great opportunity that Cloverleaf Foods in Emo has given us to get over the top is a real break, as well,” Dunn added.