LAURINBURG — Scotland Memorial Hospital’s Fit Trail, a project of the Scotland Memorial Foundation, is one of 200 community projects in the running for a $25,000 grant through State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist program.
The insurance company is hosting a public voting period for the finalists, chosen by the company’s 30-member Youth Advisory Board, on Facebook through May 16. The top 40 causes will receive funding.
On Thursday, the project was No. 24 on the list.
“People are sharing it and liking it and it’s really taken off,” said said Kirsten Dean, foundation director. “It is all through people believing in the cause and wanting to support the community and improve the health of the community.”
Voting is hosted only through a free Facebook application, which can be installed by visiting statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist. Votes can be cast up to 10 times per person per day.
The Fit Trail is a $95,000 project that includes a one-mile walking and running trail around the hospital, complete with stretching systems, training areas and relaxation stations.
“It will provide an opportunity for free family-friendly activity suitable for all ages and fitness levels, with 24-hour security,” Dean said. “… We are trying to provide a free opportunity for members of the community to go out and prove their health.”
The foundation has been awarded a $7,500 grant from Multiplan and has raised $30,000 through an associate giving program. The recent FunD Run also contributed to the project.
“If we get this $25,000 we’ll be well on our way to our goal,” Dean said.
The top 40 causes will be announced on May 27 through the Facebook app.
“It’s huge,” Dean said. “It’s a huge amount of money, and it makes me so excited I can’t stand it.”
For more on the Fit Trail call Scotland Memorial Foundation at 910-291-7553 or email Kirsten.firstname.lastname@example.org.