This year’s One Day Challenge was the biggest one yet for the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre.
The fourth annual initiative was held this past Thursday, with the goal of selling a lottery package for every child, youth, and family that the centre has helped. This year’s target was 1,973.
That target wasn’t reached, but the One Day Challenge did raise $69,805, which is the largest sales total it has ever brought in.
“It has been incredible to watch our community grow alongside us in the past four years, and their support this year was like no other,” said Alyssa Barthel, CACAC director of community development.
“Our community came together for one reason – our kids. This year was an extremely large goal for us; 1,973 ticket packages is no small feat. We knew this would be difficult to achieve – but we had to stand by our ‘why’ for this challenge: to represent every child and youth we have supported.
“Not only were we able to achieve our highest sales for our ODC, more importantly, we were able to create more awareness on the issue of child abuse, conversations on the crucial support CACAC provides to our community, and the role we all play in keeping our children safe.”
The CACAC helps children, youths and their families from across central Alberta who have been impacted by child abuse.
Mark Jones, CACAC CEO, said this year’s One Day Challenge was a “heartwarming” experience.
“It was inspiring to see so many volunteers, schools, businesses, and people take on the challenge,” said Jones.
“We really couldn’t have done any of this without you all, and kudos to everyone for their hard work on this. We are humbled by the community response, and we’re excited for future events. This means the world to those kids, and seeing the smiles on their faces makes everything worthwhile.”
The CACAC 50/50 Cash Lottery deadline is Feb. 3. For more information, visit cacac5050.ca or call 587-272-2233.