Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:02

Community near Hanna wins UFA prize

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Individuals with the Hand Hills Lake Community Club will celebrate April 1, when they receive their $50,000 cheque as the fourth-round winners of the UFA’s Rural from the Roots up — Get ‘n’ Give contest.


Located southwest of Hanna, the group was chosen as a $50,000 prize winner by Spruce View in late-February. A special beef on a bun celebration dinner is set for April 1.
“Hand Hills was a winner in our eyes because they are truly rural and the project impacts generations of people. The stampede has a deep history and their community centre supports many different groups,” said Mitch Hetu, Spruce View Agricultural Society, in a news release about the win.
The community will use the prize money to realize their long-standing plans for a kitchen addition to the present clubhouse.
According to the group’s entry on the UFA’s website, the community clubhouse is the essence of the community.
“Our community base has expanded over the years and as communities around us close their doors or become inactive we find that those community-minded people are coming to the Hills. People want and need a community and that is what we offer. We are a real rural community, 40 kilometres from any town — the real deal, with a real need.”
The clubhouse is used for numerous activities including suppers, charity sales, the annual Stampede activities, and catering for family events.
“We are positive about the future of the Hand Hills. By improving on what we have, what we have been given by past generations, we feel that people coming to the Hills will be able to see that we are a strong community, that we have pride in what we do and that we are constantly moving forward,” says the group’s entry.
The money will go towards the cost of a new addition onto the existing kitchen that will be 30 feet by 24 feet, with an updated, more user-friendly floor plan. The expansion plans have been in the works for years.
“Getting the ‘gift’ from the UFA will give the Hand Hills Community the chance to accomplish the plans for our new kitchen. Years of talking and planning will be rewarded. We, in turn, will continue to give back to our rural roots.”

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