The Bea Fisher Centre has had to put their New Years bash on hiatus for 2020.
The fundraiser, which the centre relies on for some projects and programs, was put on hold as ongoing COVID-19 restrictions still put limits on how many people can gather. Last year’s event raised money to reshingle three of their 24-hour care homes, begin a land project to alleviate water issues in the lower level at another, start renovating a suite at one home and re-floor their Employment Placement Services building.
Bea Fisher Marketing and Business Development Coordinator Kim Crockett says they may have to look at whether some projects can still go ahead this year, due to the fundraising gap.
“It doesn’t mean that they’re all cancelled, it more just postponed and delayed until we can raise those funds, and absolutely we’re hopeful we can the New Years Eve event up and running again at the end of 2021.”
Crockett says these projects come about largely from normal wear and tear on a home. While they do receive a large portion of their from both provincial governments for operations, events like the New Years Party or the Colour Run, which was also cancelled for 2020, take care of things like those home improvements and programs that the governments do not cover.
Crockett explains that despite some cancelled fundraisers, the Centre is doing okay financially and will be looking into other things they can do in the meantime to raise funds and awareness of what they do.
“We haven’t landed on specific plans that we’re going to roll out immediately, but there are a number of ideas that are percolating amongst our group, and we’re hoping to make some announcements as soon as the month of October and into November.”
Crockett adds that they will be looking to do something to commemorate Disability Employment Awareness Month, which is marked every October in Saskatchewan.