Project Watershed heads into its final year of collecting donations and sponsorships for the Kus-kus-sum campaign to restore the former Field Sawmill site on the Courtenay River.
Last year, the society slightly exceeded two targets, raising $328,000 towards a goal of $500,000. To date, it’s raised more than $1 million of the $6.5 million needed for the purchase and restoration of the property. The amount includes funds from residents, visitors, businesses, Estuary Angels, governments and foundations. So far, the largest contributor is the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, which donated $400,000 last spring.
The next community target is $100,000 by June 30. The final payment to Interfor is due Dec. 20.
“While we are feeling very positive about our ability to make these payments, we are aware that if we don’t, the property could go back on the market,” as stated on the Project Watershed website. “To ensure that doesn’t happen we are working hard to provide our community with various ways to support this initiative, and, of course, grant writing.”
Various community groups have hosted fundraising events for Kus-kus-sum. Most recently, guests at a wedding reception contributed to the project in lieu of gifts. Profits from alcohol sales were also donated. Over $3,000 was raised this way.
If you would like to host something similar, contact Project Watershed at firstname.lastname@example.org or (250) 703-2871.
For event updates and ticket sales, visit projectwatershed.ca or its Facebook page.