Laebon Homes founder donates $500,000

Laebon Homes founding partner Gord Bontje donates $500,000 to A Better World.

A well-known Red Deer home builder has donated $500,000 to A Better World Canada.

Gord Bontje, founding partner with 40-year-old Laebon Homes, made the donation to the Lacombe-based charitable organization as an early celebration of his 60th birthday next year.

“I am blessed and I wanted to share that blessing, locally and globally,” said Bontje, at A Better World’s Evening of Gratitude donor recognition event last Thursday.

Some of Bontje’s donation has already been used for school projects in Kenya and Rwanda. Bontje and his wife Kathy have sponsored dozens of projects through A Better World over the years, donating more than $1 million in all.

The charity’s Legacy Circle includes 62 donors, mostly from Central Alberta, who have contributed at least $50,000. Altogether, the legacy donors have given more than $12 million.

Volunteer-run A Better World was formed 26 years ago and invests in education, health, water, agriculture and income-generation projects through partnerships with communities, including Kenya, Bolivia and Afghanistan.

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