The Save Sickle Point Committee plans to continue their fundraising efforts despite the Alternate Approval Process to borrow funds being denied.
The committee still aims to raise the $2.5 million required to purchase the Kaleden property to preserve it.
For the AAP to be defeated, the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen required a minimum of 10 per cent of the electors in the Kalden Parks and Recreation Service area to voice their opposition, which would have been 182 people. Out of 1,820 electors in the area, 805 voiced their opposition.
The committee thanked those who had already pledged their donations towards the purchase of the property, and said that they are still optimistic about fundraising the rest of the needed money.
Some of the ways currently being looked at include a WayBlaze crowdfunding initiative, grant applications, requests to all levels of government and various conservation groups and other creative events.
“We will continue to work collaboratively with the Penticton Indian Band and the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen to ensure the land is conserved and protected in perpetuity,” said Doreen Olson, a member of the committee.
Pledges towards the purchase of Sickle Point can be made through the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen at www.cfso.net/sickle-point/
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