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December 1, 2014
                    Aviva Community Fund Semi-Finalist

   Souls Harbour RESCUE Mission Officially Announced as Semi-Finalist for
Aviva Community Fund.  Voting for the Semi-Finals begins on Monday, Dec. 1.
Charity is competing for up to $100,000 towards a kitchen makeover and was
#1 in Canada in their qualifying round.

   Souls Harbour RESCUE Mission has spent the past 2 weeks battling it out
with 100s of other groups for a slice of $1,000,000 that Aviva Insurance
will be giving away.  The competition is based on votes, and the groups
with the most votes move on the semi-finals.  Souls Harbour RESCUE Mission
spent most of the competition sitting in second place and then a massive
surge of support pushed them ahead to finish in 1st place.

   "We have been amazed and humbled at the outpouring of support from the
Halifax community, Nova Scotia, and across Canada.  We honestly didn't know
when we signed up if this was feasible.  But almost 2,000 individuals have
come alongside to vote for us on a daily basis.  Every time we turn around
we are meeting someone new who is pledging their support." says Michelle
Porter, Founder and Executive Director of Souls Harbour RESCUE Mission.

   The prize?  Up to $100,000 towards a dream kitchen.  Currently, Souls
Harbour RESCUE Mission serves 25,000 meals annually, out of a kitchen the
size most people would have in their homes.  They make it work but
commercializing their kitchen would make a huge difference in the quantity
and quality of the food that they serve.  It would also open doors to
hosting lifeskills and nutrition classes where they could teach cooking,
cleaning and serving skills to members of the community.

   Semi-Finals start December 1st and will run for 10 days.  Supporters
are given the opportunity to vote daily for their idea.  Porter thinks the
group will need up to 20,000 votes to make it into the finals, which is a
judging round.  However, after seeing the momentum that has been building,
she is confident that Souls Harbour RESCUE Mission will be able to raise
the support needed.

   To see their full idea, go to: KitchenForSouls  For more information, 
text or call Michelle Porter at 902-999-5572 or email: 
mporter.rescue@gmail.com.

 


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