Thirsty church hoping to win Internet contest

Harry Sullivan
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LONDONDERRY - This tiny village may no longer be a dry community, as in days gone by, but it sure has a thirsty church.
And resident Amanda Langille hopes to change that by encouraging others to vote for the "little church" in an Internet contest offering the potential to win funding for community improvements.
"It's been dubbed the thirsty church because it has no water," Langille said, of the Londonderry Station Community Church. "We also need wheelchair access and a finished basement."
To that end, Langille has entered the church in the nationwide Aviva Community Fund, a contest provided as an opportunity for Canadians to initiate "positive change" by creating an idea that will have an impact in their home communities.
A total of $500,000 is available through a variety of categories, including a $10,000 prize for a small-sized idea, $10,000 to $50,000 for a medium-sized idea and $50,000 to $250,000 for a large idea.
Additional ideas may also be funded until the full $500,000 has been allotted.
Langille's eyes, however, are set firmly on the $250,000 prize.
"That's what we're shooting for because we need a well, plumbing (etc.)," she said.
"This is a big project."
The church was constructed in 1949 after the ladies sewing group of the day, of which her grandmother Rhoda Langille was a member, decided the village and surrounding communities needed its own religious facility. Her grandfather, Lawrence Langille, helped to construct the building and she now wants to do her part by bringing the church up to modern standards. Otherwise, its future is uncertain, Langille said.
"The fate of this little church is at a pivotal point right now because Londonderry is like so many other small communities where we are in danger of losing our church. So in order to better serve Londonderry and our surrounding communities we need to have an upgraded facility," she said.
"So, my sincere hope, when people read this, especially when they know we are a small rural community, is that they will vote and support it so we won't have to close this church and sell it.
"That would be the worst-case scenario and unfortunately that is a real possibility."
Anyone wishing to support the initiative can do so by logging on to Internet at www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf1612.

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Londonderry Station Community Church, Aviva Community Fund

Geographic location: LONDONDERRY

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  • Amanda
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    We've seen first hand what can happen when Nova Scotians get behind an idea. We seen it with Hockeyville and with the young guy in Cape Breton that made it so far in the Canadian Idol competition. Let's get behind this and make a difference for this rural community!

    There is only 6 days left in round two. The correct web address is:
    www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/
    acf1612

    Thank you!