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Give kids a lift campaign lifts off

With Adanac Ski Hill scheduled to re-open this coming season, the group calling itself ?Friends of Adanac? has officially launched its community fundraising campaign to pay for continued upgrading at the ski hill.

With Adanac Ski Hill scheduled to re-open this coming season, the group calling itself ?Friends of Adanac? has officially launched its community fundraising campaign to pay for continued upgrading at the ski hill.

The Give Kids a Lift campaign's goal is to raise $370,000 over the next year, matching the city?s own Adanac budget. At a press conference Thursday, the group announced that it has already received $50,000 cash from community groups and individuals as well as in-kind contributions from companies that have assisted in the re-building of the hill.

Campaign chair and Sudbury businessman Brian Smith said the ski hill was able to
re-open this winter because the city?s budget was enough to get the existing double chair lift operating, make changes to the slope of the hill in a couple of areas and install a temporary chalet.

Smith said the fundraising campaign can now focus on improving Adanac as a recreation facility for the community.

?It?s very exciting to be able to tell supporters that their dollars will be making a visible difference at Adanac," said Smith.

"Money raised will be used to build a new chalet, add a carpet lift for beginner skiers and snowboarders and complete the process of making Adanac an all-season, multi-use facility."

Smith said the Friends of Adanac are not just looking for dollars but also ideas and people willing to put those ideas to work. The group has received nothing but positive responses from the business community, he said.

?We have established a campaign cabinet of business leaders who are committed to achieving our goal. The team has already made a number of requests to leading business owners, managers and organizations throughout Greater Sudbury.?

Friends of Adanac are encouraging families to give their kids a lift by making a donation to the Give Kids a Lift Campaign through any branch of the TD Bank or by sending a cheque to: Friends of Adanac, 7 Cedar Street, Suite 201, P3E 1A2.