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Now great time to donate



Pedestrian Bridge Community Working Group asks people to donate to Jones Bridge project as year’s end draws near

Where did November go? The year 2018 is drawing to a close and now is an excellent time to consider charitable donations, according to the Pedestrian Bridge on the South Huron Trail Community Working Group.

The bridge working group Chair says that by donating to the project now, before the end of 2018, you may receive tax benefits in just a few months’ time. 

“Now is a perfect time of year to donate, to receive a charitable gift receipt for income tax purposes,” said Dave Frayne, Chair of the Pedestrian Bridge Community Working Group. Donations received by December 31, 2018 are eligible for charitable gift receipts for income tax purposes which can be used when preparing your 2018 personal income tax return. 

The community working group also encourages you to consider a donation to the bridge in lieu of another type of present for that hard-to-buy-for person in your family or circle of friends. Businesses might also consider a donation to the bridge project at holiday corporate parties this season.

You can donate today by phoning Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. Or, you could visit the office east of Exeter to make a donation by credit card, debit, cheque, or cash. You could also donate online at Or, you could contact any of the members of the community working group. Their names are in the bridge brochure available online and in printed copies.

The community working group asks you to make cheques payable to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation with ‘Jones Bridge’ or ‘Pedestrian Trail Bridge’ on the memo line.

The community has donated or pledged more than $250,000 to the bridge project and there is $50,000 more needed to complete the work. The 52-metre bridge was placed at the site in November and there is still work to be finished to complete the trail approaches and ancillary structures for the bridge project this year and in the spring of 2019. “We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the generous donors who have supported the Jones Bridge Project,” Frayne said. “We encourage people to continue their support of this project to build a bridge to a safer, more active community and help us complete this needed addition to our community.” 

There will be recognition for donors of certain funding levels at a new kiosk at the entrance to the bridge to ensure a lasting legacy of the donation. To find out more, please contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation or any of the community members on the bridge working group.

Currently, users of the South Huron Trail have to walk beside vehicle traffic along the Morrison Line roadway in order to travel from one section of the trail to the other. The new bridge offers a safer, more scenic alternative.

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