The Antigonish County Adult Learning Association (ACALA) has cooked up a popular fundraiser.
The community, not-for-profit organization, which provides adult and family learning opportunities, recently launched a recipe book.
“It has been positive,” ACALA board of directors’ member Jerome Grant said of the initiative.
He noted the organization was looking for another fundraising idea in recent months and came up with an idea to create The Recipe.
“We wanted to look at something new and different,” ACALA’s Lindsay Chisholm said, noting the goal to couple something with its revamped ducky race initiative.
“People have put a lot of work into it and it turned out very well.”
Selling recipe books is not an uncommon fundraiser, but ACALA decided to add another ingredient. The Recipe not only includes dishes – and their components – but also recipes ‘for success in life.’
“If you want to run with the big dogs, you have to get off the porch,” Grant said, reciting one of the motivational nuggets found in its pages.
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Calling it a “unique situation” found in Antigonish, with its diversity of cultures and backgrounds, Chisholm said there was plenty to choose from when assembling content.
Along with words or wisdom, so to speak, the diversity of recipes includes one dating back to pre-Confederation and another from a Syrian refugee who now calls Antigonish home.
Grant said financing the book idea would not have been possible without the tremendous support of not only long-time but also new benefactors, who provided monies and other contributions, including recipes.
He noted their generosity covered production costs, so ACALA will receive all proceeds from the books sales.
“ACALA has become a model for similar organizations across the province,” Grant said, in talking about what the organizations offers to the community.
With these types of fundraisers, he noted, ACALA is able to provide ‘extras’ – above and beyond provincial core funding – including summer programs.
They can also help learners with travel expenses, including one woman in her mid-50s, who thought she would not be able to complete her high school diploma, after moving to Sherbrooke.
Another learner, who had financial challenges coming from the eastern end of Antigonish County, received assistance. She is now a hairdresser.
ACALA has printed 1,000 copies of the book, which cost $10 apiece, with a goal of raising $5,000 to $10,000.
The Recipe is available from ACALA board members, at the organization’s office in People’s Place Library, the library’s circulation desk or the Antigonish 5¢ to $1.