As the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre celebrates its first anniversary, the community has come together to take another huge step forward with the centre’s first annual Dream Home Lottery.
In fact, some 65 sponsors and 41 trades contributed to make the dream home project a reality, in addition to an amazing 832 volunteer hours behind the scenes.
And here’s even more great news: By purchasing your chance to win some of $1.8 million in prizes, you’ll be helping children and youth right here in Central Alberta. Proceeds support the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre, a not-for-profit organization that works with children, youth and families impacted by sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect.
“This Dream Home is a testament to the unbelievable progress that happens when passionate members of the community rally together for children and youth,” says CEO Mark Jones. “The lottery has set the foundation for building renewed optimism and the promise and possibility of happier times, not only for the children, youth and families we serve, but for the entire community.”
This year’s amazing prizes:
• A beautiful, fully furnished $1.5-million+ new home, built by Abbey Platinum Master Build; a Split 50 worth up to $500,000; a 2019 GMC Cadillac; Signature diamond ring; fuel for a year and more!
• Early-bird prizes of $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 in the draw on Jan. 31, 2019.
A Christmas gift that gives back: Tickets are $35 each, three for $75, eight for $150 or 15 for $250 (ticket purchase deadline is 11 p.m. March 10, 2019, for the March 27 draw). Buy online at cacaclottery.ca, call 1-833-475-4402 or visit the house, 57 Larratt Close, Red Deer.
“We’re ecstatic to take another step forward in becoming a Centre of Excellence,” Jones says. “To all who have helped turn our vision into a home, your support, hard work and dedication has truly shown that community collaboration builds lasting legacies. Your courage has allowed us to open doors so children and youth affected by abuse may overcome their adversities.”
- Since opening in November 2017, the centre has worked with 312 child and youth from newborn to 17 years old; 160 cases were from Red Deer; 152 were from outside the city.
- 55 per cent of cases have sexual assault as primary form of abuse; 20 per cent physical abuse; and 25 per cent involve other issues, from neglect to sexual exploitation to medical child abuse.
- 62 per cent of children seen at the Centre have concerns such as mental health, substance abuse, suicidal ideation or attempts and aggression.
- 96 per cent of children know their offender; 32 cases are related to the internet – luring, child images, exploitation.
And the Centre welcomes volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of local children! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.