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Habitat for Humanity to benefit from Ribfest

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Hard to imagine how succulent, juicy barbecued ribs and the joys of home ownership are connected. But they are, or will be, in Pictou County.

Camp 31 and Silver Bullet BBQ, professional ‘ribbers’, will help a local family have their dream come true with a new home, thanks to Ribfest.

Pictou County Ribfest will be running Aug. 23-25 in downtown New Glasgow, by Glasgow Square, and the three-day event will raise funds for two local charitable endeavours – Habitat for Humanity Pictou County Chapter and Viola’s Place homeless shelter. In addition to the ribbers, visitors can also expect local businesses and vendors, music, children’s entertainment, and a beer tent. Admission to the grounds is free, and the event will run 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

HFHPC requires $160,000 to build its first home for a local family. The lot has been secured, at Poplar Street in Stellarton, and already approximately $20,000 has been collected.

“We don’t have to raise all of that in cash,” explains Danny MacGillivray, HFHPC spokesman, who was instrumental in bringing the international organization here. “We expect a lot of it will be through gifts in kind from contractors and different organizations. For example, we’re hoping the foundation would be built by a local company, and that would be a gift in kind.”

Several fundraisers have already been held by HFHPC and events like the upcoming Ribfest will go a long way to helping this group reach its goal of building a home next year.

“We’re still in the process of organizing more events and we’re starting to solicit corporate donations as well.”

Funds received from Ribfest will make a big difference to HFHPC, MacGillivray says. “They will help move us a lot closer to our goal, and allow us to hopefully do a build next year. Without the cash and support from events like this we won’t be able to do a build at all.”

MacGillivray says, “We’re really excited that Ribfest is coming to Pictou County in the first place. It’s a big event for Pictou County and a great way to draw people into this community. We’re happy to have Habitat for Humanity help with that event and we’re really happy that we’re going to benefit financially from participation in the event.”

As one of the designated charities receiving proceeds from Ribfest, MavGillivray says HFHPC members will be volunteering their time at this inaugural event. “We’re happy to help facilitate the event by serving patrons.”

Habitat for Humanity Pictou County will work to build a home for a local family who needs some help with the down payment. They will handle the interest-free mortgage after putting in 500 sweat equity volunteer hours to get the keys. In this way, MacGillivray says, “It’s a hand up, not a hand out.”

HFH is still accepting applications from families in need of a safe place to call home. “We don’t have one identified yet.” Applications are available on the group’s website, https://habitatns.ca/about-us/regions/pictou-county/.

For more information on Ribfest visit https://pcribfest.ca/.