Votes needed to win $25,000


By Sheila Runions

Banner Staff

Rivers Banner deadline is Tuesday at 5 p.m. but late Wednesday morning, the office was contacted by Riverdale Community Daycare board with some urgent news. They have just submitted their application to Together We Thrive, in hopes of winning a $25,000 grant. 

Cargill is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year so the company will award $150,000 to six groups ($25,000 each) across Canada in the six Cargill regions: Ontario, Manitoba, North Saskatchewan, South Saskatchewan, Alberta and Peace Region. The promotion opened April 15 and to date (May 13) 71 groups have applied, including several in Manitoba.

This grant is awarded based on the quality of application and online voting; every email address you have is eligible to vote every day. The daycare really needs the support of voters so they can attempt to catch some of the leading Manitoba towns like Dauphin (3,251 votes) or St. Jean Baptiste (3,256). With 150 votes already, they are not far behind Cartwright (223) or MacGregor (323). To vote, please visit

Riverdale Community Daycare is comprised of parents, educators and community members who are working to providethe Rivers area with much-needed childcare. Riverdale Municipality has a population of more than 2,000 people but there are less than 25 licensed childcare spots. Part of the daycare’s application reads, “With your support we could have the ability to comply with the licensing standards set by the province. We would be able to purchase toys, lockers, cribs, kitchen equipment, furniture and educational resources to outfit our daycare. Thank you Cargill for this opportunity!”

The contest closes June 30 so there is still plenty of time to vote. Cargill promotes itself on the voting website by stating they “help build vibrant and stable communities where we live and work by supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community issues, engage our employees and leverage their expertise, and offer opportunities for collaboration. Together We Thrive will be awarded based on the quality of submission, on the difference the project will make in the community, on how well it shares Cargill’s values and the number of people who vote for you. Our values are food security and nutrition, education and environmental stewardship.”

If you would like to learn more about Riverdale Community Daycare you can phone 204-761-7059, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit And don’t forget to vote... every day!