GRAND BANK, NL— A fundraiser held over the Easter weekend in Grand Bank has raised more than $9,000 for the Community Youth Network (CYN) in the area.
The day-long event, dubbed 'Shag Dis Fest' and hosted by Jenny’s Pub, featured a variety of local performers, as well as others from around the region.
Debbie Forsey, the organization's executive director, told The Southern Gazette on April 6 that donations were still coming in.
“The funds will be used to replace stolen items, to upgrade current equipment, and repair damaged equipment,” explained Forsey.
A number of items were stolen or destroyed during a January break-in at the town hall in Grand Bank, which houses the CYN.
Forsey said they will be meeting with members of the youth board for suggestions on what equipment and programs they would like to see, as well seeking suggestions from other youth members who use the centre.
“The funds will then be used to purchase the equipment and run the programs,” she said. “The money will likely be spent on technology, (musical) instruments and recreational programming.”
Forsey said she is both amazed and humbled by the outpouring of support from the community in response to the break-in.
“Everyone stood up and showed support for the youth and their centre,” she said. “It is still absolutely astonishing how a community can come together and support each other.”
She added that even before the event people were offering to help in any way they could.
“Chris Emberley set the fundraiser in motion, lined everything up for us and helped organize the performers, who voluntarily took time out of their busy Easter weekend to entertain everyone,” said Forsey.
“They were wonderful, they kept the crowd engaged and really showed their support for the centre and the youth in and around our area.
“We cannot thank everyone enough. As a result of this fundraiser we will be able to offer a lot more for our youth, and they absolutely deserve it; they are the future.”