Local Website Hopes to Make a Difference in Lives of Children Living in Southwestern Manitoba Coping With an Illness or Special Needs

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A local website, http://www.BestOfWestman.com, which has some great features for residents in Southwestern Manitoba, is hoping to help some well deserving kids in the communities it serves. By offering to donate a portion of all advertising revenue generated through the site to the local charity, "Westman Dreams for Kids", BestOfWestman hopes to be able to help give children who are suffering with an illness the chance to realize a dream that is important to them. It is a great chance for businesses in these communities to get some great exposure in neighboring communities, while helping a very worthy cause.

Even though it's just under 2 months old, local website http://www.BestOfWestman.com is trying hard to make a big difference in the lives of the children living in Westman who suffer from an illness, according to its creator and owner, Marie Pugh.

"I created BestOfWestman to be a community site which offered the residents of Westman local information about their communities and surrounding areas. The idea is to have all the businesses in each community listed so that people can see the great amount of resources and talent we have right here in our own backyard."

"In order to be able to give back to Westman, I have committed to donating a portion of all advertising dollars raised through the site to Westman Dreams for Kids - an incredible charitable organization that is dedicated to helping children in Westman who are sick, to fulfill their dreams. They do so much more, and work tirelessly to be able to help these kids, so I wanted to be able to do something to help in some way."

Since http://www.BestOfWestman.com was created just a couple of months ago, there has already been steady traffic coming to the site, and although it is still a work in progress - taking ideas and suggestions from everyone in the Westman area as to what they would like to see at the site - there are already some very happy users of the site.

"Westman Dreams for Kids is a cause that I feel is very worthwhile, and because it works to benefit kids right in our own area, it makes me feel very happy to be able to help however I can." says Marie.

"I have been blessed with 2 beautiful, healthy little girls, and I can't imagine what some of those families go through when one of their children gets sick."

So, while creating a site that she was hoping would benefit the Westman area, she wanted to be able to do a bit more to help a charity that was important to her.

"I hope that by having the opportunity for businesses to advertise with coupons, menus and product price lists - among many other advertising features - that they will realize the potential for reaching a larger audience than just their own community. And, by having BestOfWestman donating some of the money to a worthy organization, they can feel good that their money is being used for something important in the Westman area." says Marie.

BestOfWestman.com is a portal site dedicated just to the communities in Westman. Features of the site include contests designed to bring people into the communities, free classified listings, free event calendar submissions, garage sales, real estate listings, vehicle listings plus much more. And, the business directory offers great advertising options, including a chance for restaurants to have a copy of their menu on the site for customers to see and businesses to have a product listing with their prices.

"Another great feature is the option to have coupons with your listing that potential customers can print off and use, which can bring more people into your business," Marie added.

"Having a listing on this site will give you a wider reach, and you can feel great knowing that money will be going directly back into the Westman area - and helping more kids fulfill their dreams." Marie goes on.

"I am committed to doing all I can to market this site, and hopefully by doing so, I will be able to offer Westman Dreams for Kids continuing support in many more ways over the years."

And, not wanting to stop there, BestOfWestman is in the process of organizing another source of fundraising for this worthy organization.

Marie explains that, "We are also organizing a "Ladies Day" type of Open House in a few communities in Westman over the coming months, with the first in Minnedosa on May 9. These days will feature many local businesses - hobby types, make-up, jewelry, cooking - and many others - setting up displays and offering prizes and lots of fun. Instead of charging admission, these ladies have all agreed to have it set up as a donation at the door of whatever is comfortable, with all proceeds from each event going to Westman Dreams for Kids."

So, it seems that a simple website can really make a difference in a community.

BestOfWestman.com is hoping to be able to make a difference in all the communities of Westman - showing off what all we have to offer, supporting our local businesses, and helping out a great cause in the process.

"I can't wait to see how much we will evolve over the first year; how much we can add and hopefully be able to give back to Westman over the next few months." Marie exclaimed.

Marie Pugh is a local webmaster and Internet Marketing specialist who lives in Minnedosa with her 2 kids and husband. She has been a resident of Westman all her life, growing up in Minnedosa, and living in Brandon for many years after high school. She returned to Minnedosa to raise her family, where she has been working online as a freelance writer and web developer. She specializes in helping small businesses create websites that are optimized for the web, and teaches them effective marketing strategies that are relevant to the internet.

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