Grant Manor fundraiser cancelled

Organizer back out of dance due to lack of interest.

The Grant Road Fire Help Committee has cancelled a Sept. 19 dance at Sooke Community Hall due to lack of interest.

Only $200 worth of tickets were sold over the last two months. The cost to put on the dance was estimated at $1,200.

“We got no interest whatsoever. It’s discouraging,” said committee chairperson Richard Steele.

The Grant Road Fire Help Committee was set up to fundraise for Grant Manor fire victims. Grant Manor was razed by fire on July 4. Approximately 20 people were left homeless.

The committee was already in debt of $3,200 and couldn’t continue to lose money.  Most of the money was donated by committee members to help house, feed and clothe displaced residents.

“We can’t keep going into debt we’re all just individual people,” Steele said.

The committee is still looking at a few fundraising events, but nothing has been confirmed.

Most of the Grant Manor residents have now found permanent housing in the Sooke region.

Those wishing dance refunds can drop by the Royal Canadian Legion parking lot on Sunday (Sept. 20) at 11 a.m.