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Volunteers fundraising ahead of broomball game for community centres

Frank Proudfoot holds a broom at the Westside Community Centre. The annual Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge will be held at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Feb. 11.
Frank Proudfoot holds a broom at the Westside Community Centre. The annual Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge will be held at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Feb. 11.

The North End and Westside recreation centres are preparing for their seventh Annual Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge which means you can expect to see some volunteers out fundraising.

This year the main game will be held on Feb. 11 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

The event is a fundraiser for the volunteer-run community centres, which provide ice skating, ball hockey, summer programs, preteen dances and playground/green areas in a safe family-oriented environment.

This year the main game will be held on Feb. 11 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

The event is a fundraiser for the volunteer-run community centres, which provide ice skating, ball hockey, summer programs, preteen dances and playground/green areas in a safe family-oriented environment.

After a young girl fell through the ice on the East River in the 1930s, New Glasgow councillor James MacLeod led the charge to build the community’s first official outdoor skating facility in an effort to have a safe place for residents to skate.

The West Side Community Centre was created out of that effort and is still used regularly in the winter by youth.

Jean MacLeod Proudfoot was a friend of the young girl who fell through the ice and the daughter of James MacLeod. She volunteered for many years at the West Side Community Centre.

Similar to last year, volunteers will be doing a door-to-door fundraiser campaign on the west side of town on the evenings of Jan. 21, 22 and 23.

“It’s our way of raising money,” said Frank Proudfoot, Jean Proudfoot’s son.

He hopes people will be as generous this year as they’ve been in the past to the centres. In the past six years the event has raised more than $112,000. That money helps cover the cost of programs as well as pay back money owed for renovations recently completed on the West Side Community Centre.

Proudfoot said they’re holding the campaign this weekend ahead of the West Side Community Centre’s Winter Carnival, set for Jan. 27 to Jan. 28 to prevent any scheduling conflicts.

The broomball game always has a good turnout, he said, and will be held at the Wellness Centre this year.

 

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