Huge boost for Saskatoon’s new children’s museum campaign

PotashCorp takes the lead with a $2.5 million donation to Saskatoon’s new children’s museum. Devin Sauer / Global News

SASKATOON – Saskatoon’s new children’s museum got a multi-million boost Tuesday morning. PotashCorp announced a $2.5 million investment in the “Kid Approved” capital campaign.

Today’s donation from the Saskatchewan-based fertilizer producer moves the museum up to around 40 per cent of its $10 million fundraising goal. The campaign strives to design and renovate the Mendel building.

PotashCorp will have naming rights to the new facility.

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“PotashCorp’s leading investment will be instrumental in the development of this place; a place where children from all backgrounds will be able to come together and discover science, culture, arts, and engineering,” said Dave Hunchak, president of the Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan (CDM).

The non-profit organization aims to create a world-class facility with educational exhibits and become a creative springboard for the children of Saskatoon and surrounding areas to foster a lifelong love of learning.

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The planned grand opening of the new facility is early 2018 after the art gallery moves out of the Mendel building. CDM is currently trying to hire architect and a construction manager to carry the project forward.

Donations to the Kids Approved campaign can be made online.

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