A Western Region Gathering that took place in Edmonton in June 2013 was interrupted in its expected member attendance due to the floods that occurred just a couple days prior in Southern Alberta. Members from the Western Region that attended the Gathering stepped up to raise funds to help the huge numbers of people affected. We were off to a good start with the proceeds from a silent auction, the donation of Lucky Money by the workshop instructor, a cupcake fundraiser and pledge sheets around the Region. Over the following few weeks we gathered many more donations in our Region and implemented creative fundraising in our clubs. Just over a month after the flooding, the Western Region had collected $16,516. It was great to see such wonderful, generous support.
The floods that took place in Southern Alberta during June 2013 created an enormous need of the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank (CIFB). CIFB is a charitable organization that serves Calgary and functions as a regional food redistribution hub for some 62 food banks in south and central Alberta. They provide distribution to places such as Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Red Deer and Athabasca and High River who was hardest hit.
CIFB was a good choice for the Flood Relief donations as it answers to emergencies /crisis /disaster such as their involvement with transporting food to Slave Lake after the fire and to Kelowna after the landslide, as well as to Siksika and Morley Reserves during the floods. We knew our donation was going into providing food for people who really needed it.
Frazer Smith [President of Western Region] and Ramona Mills [President of Calgary Branch] presented the cheque of $16,516 to Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank.