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Kootenay Climbing Association launches fundraising campaign for CUBE 2.0

The Nelson Daily Staff
By The Nelson Daily Staff
June 23rd, 2024

The Kootenay Climbing Association (KCA) launched its official public fundraising campaign to build a new climbing community centre in Nelson the local club said in a recent media release.

The KCA said individuals and businesses can sign on to become patrons of the new facility, pledging a monthly donation for a period of two years.

The minimum amount to become a patron is $25 a month for individuals, and $250 a month for businesses.

Patrons receive special benefits and perks at the new facility, including their name on a commemorative plaque that will hang in the entryway and discounts on purchases like a season’s pass to climb.

“There’s a legacy element to patronage,” says Jayme Moye, Vice President of the KCA.

“You are creating something really special for the community, and will be remembered as such.”

The new climbing community centre, which will be constructed using mass timber, a cutting-edge, low-carbon alternative to traditional construction, has an estimated cost of $11M. The KCA hopes to break ground in the fall of 2026.

“We’re aiming to raise $1-$2M from individuals and businesses signing up to become patrons,” says Moye, “and the rest through government grants.”

Cam Shute, the KCA’s Expansion Chair, says the public fundraising campaign could make or break the project. “It’s really key that we show the government how committed our community is to this project,” Shute says.

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The KCA is proposing the first facility in the BC interior that will be capable of hosting Olympic-calibre climbing competitions. — Screenshot photo

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