Heading into the home stretch: help Kinsol Campaign reach goal

After nearly 18 months, the Save the Historic Kinsol Trestle campaign is entering the final fundraising push while time remains to securing matching grant funding dollars for the project. And what a treat it is to be involved with this great undertaking.

If you haven't yet added your name to our donor list, please make your gift today. Every donation over $100 will be acknowledged on the permanent donor wall that is going to be erected at the Kinsol Trestle site. You'll also receive a tax receipt. And remember, every dollar we collect from the local community will unlock matching grant funding, which is a real benefit for our campaign; however time is running out to tap into as many of these additional dollars for the project as we can for the benefit of the trestle!

As I said when I agreed to take this on, there aren't many opportunities in a lifetime to make a difference for generations to come. But rehabilitating the Kinsol Trestle is one of those chances for me and everyone else involved in this effort.

We are still working on raising the last $500,000 of the campaign including securing the last major donors. Stay tuned for several announcements we plan to make in the New Year to thank those donors.

At this time, I'd like to publicly thank our major sponsors, including the Cowichan Valley Regional District, the federal and provincial governments, the Island Coastal Economic Trust, the Trans Canada Trail and the Cowichan Foundation. In addition, we have been receiving great support from our media sponsors -- the Cowichan Valley Citizen, the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial and SunFM 89.7.

Jack Peake is the chair of the Kinsol Trestle Capital Campaign.

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