At a recent meeting of the Barriere Lions Club, Mayor Ward Stamer, the club’s past president, proposed the club fundraise to help those affected by Australia’s bushfires.
Australia provided financial donations to the District of Barriere for the wildfires in 2003 and Australian fire crews were dispatched to assist with the British Columbian wildfires in 2017 and 2018.
As of Feb. 12, there are over 100 fires still burning in Australia, though it was announced that the fires are now contained. More than 11 million hectares (27 million acres) have been burned, over 6500 buildings destroyed and at least 34 deaths.
The Lions will be holding a spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, March 4, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lions Hall to fundraise for those affected by the fires. The cost of entry is $10 per adult and $7.50 for children 12 and under.
“After some discussion, we decided to help and are asking the community to support this initiative,” stated James Biller, one of the project’s organizers.
The Lions Club will also have door prizes and a 50/50 draw at the event.
Biller said those wishing to can also make a financial donation.
The funds raised at the dinner, along with any donations, will be coordinated through the Lions Club International Foundation, who will send 100 per cent of the proceeds to assist those affected by the Australian bushfires. No overhead or administration fees will be deducted.
Donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt upon request.
“While support for our local community remains the prime focus of our group, given our history and the scale of the disaster, we feel it is appropriate to offer assistance to those affected,” said Biller.
Those who would like to purchase tickets can find them at Armour Mountain Office Services.