Pleasant Valley Secondary School leadership class and Adrenaline team members Isabella Smith (from left)

Refugee project raising funds

Fundraising to support Armstrong’s efforts to bring to town a Syrian family continues

Fundraising to support Armstrong’s efforts to bring to town a Syrian family continues.

A fundraising garage sale was hosted at St. Joseph Church hall and, with the hard work of  Rose Kalin and exceptional volunteers, the sale enjoyed huge community support.

“More than $5,000 was raised for our Syrian initiative,” said Ron Brinnen, spokesperson for the Armstrong Spallumcheen Refugee Project (ASREP).

Janet Gillis’ Pleasant Valley Secondary School leadership class and Adrenaline dance team presented ASREP with a $1,300 fundraising cheque.

The students had organized a bake sale and the homemade sweets were sold to voters as they arrived to cast their ballots for the federal election on Oct 19.

“We would also like to thank Armstrong McDonald’s who generously donated the fresh coffee that we also sold,” said Gillis.

Donations to ASREP can be made through any Armstrong church and a tax receipt will be issued for any amount over $20.

Donations can also be made at the chamber of commerce office on Wednesdays from 9 to noon and tax receipts will also be issued at the appropriate time. If an income tax receipt is not required donations can be made directly to the ASREP account #2790517 at the Valley First Credit Union in Armstrong.

The committee hosted a public meeting earlier this month which featured  Jake Spoor of Vernon’s East Hill Community Church as the guest speaker.

“East Hill has sponsored a number of refugees over the years and Jake talked about the satisfaction the community received in helping refugees make their way to the Okanagan and take root and prosper in the Vernon area,” said Brinnen.

“Jake also spoke of the cultural challenges that were overcome with respect, patience and understanding.”

ASREP’s third community meeting will be held in January and guests from Vernon’s Islamic and Bahai communities will be presenting the stories of their journeys to Canada and answering questions from the audience.

 

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