COCHRANE— Teaming up to offer unique feasts for Christmas dinner, Cochrane Minor Soccer has joined forces with the Butchery Block as its latest team fundraiser.
The Butchery Block is offering a list of seven different pre-assembled boxes with all sorts of delicious cuts that patrons can order. Twenty per cent of each order goes to Cochrane Minor Soccer to help raise money for the club.
"It was important to me to not only do a fundraiser that would not only support our club but to find a way that we could support other local businesses,” said Lisa Henry, fund development officer with Cochrane Minor Soccer.
Henry said that when considering their options for a partner in the fundraiser it was important that they support a local business, as opposed to a larger chain store not based in Cochrane.
“Cochrane is so big on supporting local, that was really my focus on how we could go about creating that within our own town.”
Partnering with the Butchery Block is a great way to support local, which is particularly important this year when many businesses and clubs have struggled under the weight of COVID-19.
“This is a local business who lives in our community and works in our community and who’s kids play in the community, and we’re a local club supporting local kids as well,” Henry said. “That’s where the focus should be.”
Cochrane Minor Soccer’s indoor season should be in full swing right now but has been put on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the provincial government.
Similarly, the outdoor season over the summer was reduced to a development-only program, with only intraclub competitive scrimmages.
The fees collected during the summer season really help to pay for the rental fees for the indoor turf at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre.
Henry said the pandemic has resulted in reduced revenue streams for the organization, and while the club is not in dire financial straits, the fundraiser will ensure that the club can maintain accessible registration fees, allowing anyone who wants to play soccer to join the club.
“Every fundraiser has the potential to be very helpful to the club, but this also supports another local business, which is the best part of it all. We can keep it all within the community,” she said. “The more we can fundraise, the lower our fees can be, so that’s the big thing. The lower the fees, the more kids can come play.”
Orders must be placed by Dec. 15, and the boxes will be available in the days following once the Butchery Block has its complete list.
Orders can be made by creating an account on Team Snap at go.teamsnap.com/forms/251353 and filling out an order form, or by emailing an order to email@example.com and sending payment by e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Cochrane Minor Soccer’s Facebook page for more information.