The effort to save the world’s tallest gnome, located in Nanoose Bay, now includes an appeal to the public for funds to help repair it.
The family of the man who built Howard in 1998 has launched a GoFundMe page and they’re hoping to raise $15,000 dollars to help repair his plaster hands and foam face. The family also wants to buy a new trailer to replace the rotted base where he currently stands.
“We want to find him a new home, somewhere people can still visit him, take photos with him and for Bruce and Ron Hale to live on through him. We don’t want to see him torn down and thrown out. In order to find him the best possible home, we would like to send him there in the best repair,” the Hale family wrote on the GoFundMe page.
The owners of the Nanoose Bay property where Howard has greeted visitors for more than two decades aren’t interested in keeping the gnome and say they’ll tear him down if he isn’t removed.
There have been several offers to take Howard and the family plans to meet and discuss the options later this month.
The family said any additional money raised will go to to the Society of Organized Services in Parksville.