Rotary Club of Abbotsford Presents 5 Community Charities with Funding

(Abbotsford, BC) – The Rotary Club of Abbotsford had a packed house on Tuesday as cheques were presented to 4 of the 5 community charities being awarded funding to help support local initiatives that will benefit children, youth and seniors in Abbotsford. This support is made possible thanks to the Rotary Club of Abbotsford’s annual Million Dollar Hole-in-One event held this past June.
 “A total of $15,000 dollars is now being given back to the community with acknowledgement and thanks to the many wonderful sponsors, donors, volunteers and participants who supported this year’s Hole-in-One event in being such a great success and it brings me great joy to present funding to these 5 community organizations on behalf of our Rotary Club” expressed President Sara Lawson.  
President Sara went on to say “These 5 recipients are examples of the tremendous people in Abbotsford who are adding value to people’s lives, every day, and that is something our club supports whole-heartedly! Keep up the amazing work that you are doing in our community!”
Charity Recipients are as follows:
Abbotsford Youth Commission received $2700 for a youth led, youth driven ‘Empathy Project’ aimed at developing leadership skills and promoting one of Character Abbotsford’s 6 character values Empathy with a goal of creating a more safe and caring community for all.
Emmanuel Free Reformed Church was awarded $1800 for an on-site Automatic External Defibrillator to be available at community and church based events being held each week at their church. An important piece of equipment that can help save people’s lives!
Abbotsford Arts Council received $1300 to purchase trophies for the recipients of the annual Arty Awards as they seek to inspire and honour local artistic endeavors.
Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation was awarded $4200 for the purchase of falls mats for residents in both the Cottage and Worthington Pavilions, Senior Residential Care Facilities.
An additional $5,000 is being set aside to be matched by a Rotary District Grant for Prince Charles Elementary PAC to fund a portion of the purchase and installation of new inclusive playground equipment at their school. Stay tuned for updates on this project.
(L-R): Bev Olfert, Abbotsford Youth Commission, Rotary President Sara Lawson, Liz Harris, Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation, Melissa VanGenderen, Emmanuel Free Reformed Church, Sophia Suderman, Abbotsford Arts Council and Bev Hasenpflug, Chair of Rotary’s Community Grants Committee.