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Vote online before Oct. 28 and help fund Rankin's community rink

By Anthony Dixon, The Daily Observer

Screen capture of the Rankin Culture and Recreation Centre's 'The Rink Project' page at www.avivacommunityfund.org.

Screen capture of the Rankin Culture and Recreation Centre's 'The Rink Project' page at www.avivacommunityfund.org.

RANKIN – Officials with the Rankin Culture and Recreation Centre are hoping local voters can help them secure funding for the facility’s rink in an online contest.

Marlyn Sauk of the centre explained that the Aviva Community Fund is back again this year and the centre needs the public’s votes to ensure the rink in Rankin is chosen as one of the funded community projects.

According to Sauk, the centre tried to get some funding through the Aviva insurance company’s online competition last year but was unsuccessful.

She said while the new and improved rink is up, it still must be paid for and funding from the Aviva company would certainly help.

Through the contest, Aviva donates money to chosen community projects and the Rankin Culture and Recreation Centre has entered a submission to the contest for the rink.

Unlike last year's competition, a person can do all their voting at once this year rather than having to return to the website to vote each day. Voting opened back on Oct. 11 and closes this Thursday, Oct. 28. Therefore, local folks can each still register 18 votes for the centre all at once.

“Please make an effort to vote – this would make a huge difference to the Rankin Culture and Recreation Centre and our rink project and voting is very easy,” Sauk said.

As of Monday at noon, the centre had already secured 3,570 votes in the contest.

After voting closes, Aviva chooses from the top finalists and awards the winner.

The rink at the centre needed to be rebuilt and retrofitted as it was deemed to be unsafe due to heaving, age and weather damage.

The area was closed for almost two seasons while fundraising to begin the project took place. After securing a loan the project began but immediately faced a landscape issue involving trees and a requirement to enlarge the area where the rink was to be situated. Addressing the issue exceeded the contingency costs. The loan was renegotiated and work continued. The landscape was altered, concrete was poured to allow for proper drainage, fibreglass boards were erected, and new netting and new players' boxes were installed. While the rink is now complete, fundraising to pay off the project continues.

Find out more online and vote for the centre at www.avivacommunityfund.org. Search for “Rankin Culture and Recreation Centre.”

adixon@postmedia.com