With Alberta seemingly easing out of the second wave of COVID-19, Cochranite Dan Kroffat says three fundraisers are being pursued that he believes will have the potential of raising $200,000 for worthy causes in the community while giving residents some events to look forward to enjoying.

Right now he's looking for feedback on where best to use the funds to benefit the community.

"This year is unique," says Kroffat. "I think there has been so much pent-up energy and expectations with COVID that it's created a sense of wanting. I think our community will be ready this summer for events."

COVID-19 allowing, the previously postponed Community Builder Award Evening to honour Tom Jackson is anticipated to be held in late June. It would be followed by the latest edition of the Great Cochrane Outhouse races at the end of August, and a huge outdoor concert with headliners in September.

Kroffat anticipates having a clearer picture of what will be possible in April. He believes Alberta is moving in the right direction away from the pandemic, especially with more Albertans being vaccinated against the virus.  

In the early stages of planning, he says it's important to consider all potential benefactors.

"Our committees will sit down and look at all opportunities, and we'd like to support groups in town that could use an infusion of funds to help them obtain their goals."

Ideas can be submitted to Dan through his email account: danielsauto@hotmail.com.