Build a Kid to Cure launched

  • Jul. 10, 2013 8:38 p.m.

Construction started on Monday as a foundation was laid out for the future home of one lucky family.

For the second year running Laebon Homes is heading the seventh annual Build a Kid to Cure project to go alongside the Golf a Kid to Cure event (started in 2003) that aims to raise awareness and funds for the Kid’s Cancer Care Foundation (KCCF).

Last year’s Build a Kid to Cure shattered records when Laebon was able to construct the home in four days with the $300,000 worth of proceeds going to charity. This year’s house is located at #410 – Teasdale Dr. in Timberlands.

“Were really excited to get rolling on another year with Build a Kid to Cure and we are very proud to be a part of it here at Laebon. We look forward to another successful year,” said Steve Bontje, partner with Laebon Homes at the launch on Monday at the site of the home being built.

“Thanks to the Laebon team who has gotten everything ready, we will be putting in some extra time over the next month or so to get this house all built up and ready to be a home for a family and to wrap everything up at the tournament this August.”

The KCCF’s role is to provide comfort and support to families throughout their cancer journey from the time they are diagnosed until often long after.

Jill Edmonds, community initiative manager for the KCCF was also present at the launch and explained that the funds from the Build and Golf events will go towards four many areas of clinical support, cancer research, scholarships and their camp programs that allow kids undergoing treatment to attend places such as Camp Kindle where there are medical staff available to administer treatment.

“We were lucky enough to partner with Golf a Kid to Cure back in 2003 and since then the Golf and Build a Kid to Cure events have raised an astonishing $1.4 million for kids’ cancer care in communities and we are so proud to be a part of that,” said Edmonds.

The full impact of the funds raised through the events was visible when mother Vicki Raines and daughter Shelby spoke on how the proceeds have affected their lives.

“We are really pleased to be here and we can’t express our gratitude enough to Golf a Kid a Cure and Build a Kid to Cure. Shelby has been through a long journey to be here but she is a survivor and now we hope to be heavily involved in the Kids Cancer Care Foundation and to help raise money for other kids. Believe me the money raised makes a huge difference in families lives and especially survivors lives,” said Vicki.

The Golf a Kid to Cure tournament will be taking place on Aug. 23 at the Alberta Springs Golf Course where proceeds will be presented to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation.

Entry is $175 per person, which includes breakfast, 18 holes with a cart, a barbecue dinner, silent auction, and prizes.

Participants wishing to enter may register by emailing Jeff Glover at jeffglover@royallepage.ca or call 403-872-0123.

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