The Eagles are watching over the valley with their new project.
Members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles are proud to announce that their disaster relief trailer is now ready to serve the Interior.
The service club has a reputation for supporting community charities and now with the trailer it will be able to work with the Provincial Emergency Program to provide preliminary response for any disaster within a 1,000-kilometre radius. The trailer is stocked with supplies like water, blankets, hygiene kits, diapers and toys for children and emergency rations for up to 500 people to help people who are evacuated until other disaster services can take over. The trailer also has generators and field tents.
The club members will show the trailer at its open house and charity gala Sunday..
“We had the trailer donated in 2008 and had it renovated and certified with help from other Eagles’ clubs in the area,” said Tom Balfour, chairman of the disaster relief trailer committee.
The Provincial Emergency Program will call the committee when the trailer is needed. A local truck is then hired to pull the trailer and it can be on the road within a few hours. There are two other trailers in the province, one on Vancouver Island and another in North Vancouver as a backup for both.
Eagles president John Mayrhofer invites the community to see the trailer and the hall and its facilities and meet the members at the open house.
“The club does a variety of things besides our fundraising,” he said. “Our members take part in curling, pool, camp outs, dancing and an RV club but the main thing for us is community service. We hope people will want to join us as members.”
The Eagles Club will be presenting donations to a number of community agencies at the open house.
The open house and charity gala takes place Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Eagles hall at 5101-25 Ave., next to The Morning Star.
For more information about the Fraternal Order of Eagles call 250-542-3003, e-mail email@example.com or got to www.foe.com.