St.John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, June 26, 2019 – The Newfoundland and Labrador Francophone Economic Development Network (RDÉE TNL) and the Mainland and Three Rock Cove Cellular service fundraising committee are proud to announce that they have reached the goal of their fundraising campaign for the installation of the SimpleCell infrastructure in the region.
This ambitious project began in 2016, following a community consultation in which the need for cellular coverage was identified as the community’s priority.
In September 2018, following a call for bids, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador awarded RDÉE TNL its financial support to cover an important percentage of the project through its Cellular Services Pilot Initiative.
In August 2018, determined to take matters into their own hands, community leaders formed a fundraising committee for cellular service to organize parties, auctions, and solicit donations from businesses from the entire province and from local organizations.
And on June 1st, 2019, following the sale of tickets for CBC’s Inside the Circle concert and the contribution of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority through its Community Investment Program, the 15% of the community’s total contribution of almost $ 80,000 was finally raised.
A new step taken
It is now five hundred people from the two communities served who will finally be able to communicate over a wide area, satisfy their need for increased security, develop local tourism, keep their youth in the region and maintain their minority Francophone community.
« It has been an honor to work with the Cellular fundraising committee and it is wonderful to see their hard work pay off, knowing that these efforts will bring positive results in the community. »
Wendy Brake, Economic Development Officer for RDÉE TNL in the Western Region
Three and a half years of hard work and collaboration with the government, service providers, partners, businesses and local organizations were needed to achieve this funding goal. We would never have gotten here without the generous contributions of all.
For a complete list of contributors, visit the campaign site, C’est not’tour / Out turn to connect, in the “Contributions” section: www.cest-not-tour.ca/en/