The RSS Interact Club presents a donation to the West Kootenay Friends of Refugees volunteers. Back row L-R: Joseph French

A fundraising double header

Rossland Secondary School Interact Club donates big to West Kootenay Friends of Refugees.

  • Jun. 29, 2013 7:00 p.m.

West Kootenay Friends of Refugees (WKFoR) received a $5,000 donation from student members of the Rossland Secondary School Interact club, who have spent the year working hard to raise funds.

“We are amazed and so appreciative of the $5,000 donation coming from RSS Interact students,” said Kathy Moore from WKFoR.

“They showed unswerving dedication to this cause, and remarkable fundraising skills and strategies. We are extremely impressed at their hard work.”

Moore hoped many of the RSS students would meet the four Burmese kids coming to Rossland, and help them settle into their new life.

The RSS students, ranging in age from 12-17 years old worked all year to help raise funds and awareness about the two Burmese refugee families who will soon be calling Rossland home.

The students sold home baked snacks at many community events, organized a soup kitchen at RSS, hosted the Taste of Interact event where they made and served all of their favorite dishes to an appreciative audience.

In addition, they held a golf tournament and assisted at Rotary events throughout the year.

Sponsoring these refugee families to the community  is a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn more about some of the difficult social issues in the world, as well as to hear about other very different cultures.

Burger and beer fundraiser sizzles

The West Kootenay Friends of Refugees, who are sponsoring two Burmese refugee families to live in Rossland, held a very successful “Burger and Beer” fundraiser at Rossland’s Flying Steamshovel.

“We sold over 90 tickets, raised money from the raffle and 50/50 draw and received numerous donations,” said Katherine Mahoney, WKFoR organizer. “We raised about $2,000—with great effort from the team and fabulous participation from all of the people who came out.”

Supporters were entertained by The Barefoot Toubadours, Andrew Bennett and Peter “Buzz” Reed on fiddle and guitar and mandolin. They were followed by blues rockers John Lee’s Hooker.

The prize draws, held between sets, were well received with cheers and laughter from all. WKFoR appreciated the prizes donated by BLOWUP, Gericks, Nature’s Den, Powderhound and Out of the Cellar.

The Holiday Bucket grand prize, put together by Rachael Roussin and Kate Harrison Whiteside, full of fun travel items, included donations from Main Stage Gallery and Powderhound.

“We are so grateful for the community backing we continue to receive,” said WKFoR chair Kathy Moore.

“We need it to sponsor our families, and will continue to raise funds so we can provide the Mi and Noon families with housing, food and assistance during their first year in Rossland.”

The next fundraising event will be an elegant piano concert on Oct.10.

WKFOR is just waiting for word from the Canadian government to say the refugee families are on their way to Rossland.

Their applications were submitted close to 24 months ago but they have not yet had their immigration interviews with Canadian authorities.  To date, the West Kootenay Friends of Refugees group has raised almost $30,000 for their support.

  • For more information or to make a donation, please visit wkfor.wordpress.com.

Just Posted

Rescued snowmobilers ill-prepared for emergency, Castlegar RCMP say

Two men rescued Wednesday night were not ready for overnight in back country

Senior curling provincials setting up for exciting finish

Standings tight as Senior curling teams push for provincial playoffs

Police share more details on occupants and suspicious van in Fruitvale

Vehicle in question offered young girl a ride to school on Feb. 19

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

BC SPCA investigates Okanagan woman with prior animal abuse convictions

BC SPCA is investigating a property near Vernon

Most Read