Community steps up to fund Step Up 'N' Ride in Dawson Creek

On Friday morning, Eunice Dilworth, president of the Dawson Creek and District Hospital Auxiliary, presented representatives from Step Up ‘N’ Ride with a cheque for $5,000. Dilworth said the auxiliary was looking for a worthy cause to donate some of its fundraising proceeds to, and it came to their attention Step Up ‘N’ Ride was in need.

“I think it’s very important,” she said about the transportation service. “It’s something the community really needs and hopefully it will continue.”

She said the funds were raised through the gift shop and snack cart the auxiliary operates inside the hospital, and through functions such as bake sales and teas.

On Thursday afternoon, representatives from the Dawson Creek Co-op were pleased to present Step Up ‘N’ Ride with a cheque for $1,500. The money was raised during a pancake breakfast the Co-op hosted on Aug. 13 during the Fall Fair.

“We pick a worthwhile community organization and we support them with all the proceeds,” said Gordon Parslow, president of the Dawson Co-op.

Proceeds from the pancake breakfast have supported the Salvation Army food bank and the St. Mark’s Anglican Church soup kitchen in the past.

“We’re just trying to really present the Co-op as a community-builder, so we really enjoy working with them (community organizations) and we look forward to next year doing the pancake breakfast again,” said Rod Hillary, general manager of the Co-op.

Brenda Kreutzer, president of the Step Up ‘N’ Ride Society, said they are very pleased to accept the donations from the hospital auxiliary and Co-op as the funding is sorely needed.

“All donations are extremely important,” she said. “It costs lots of money to run Step Up ‘N’ Ride, so all donations are very important. That’s what keeps us going – the community, and the funding we receive from the government – otherwise we wouldn’t be going.”

She said the society is very grateful to the individuals and businesses that have supported the service over the years.

Individuals who are interested in supporting Step Up ‘N’ Ride can do so by contributing to coin boxes that are located at the BC Liquor Store, Dawson Creek Municipal Library, Your Dollar Store with More, A&W restaurant, the Dawson Creek Health Unit pharmacy and Co-op Gas Bar.

For those looking to access the service, phone 782-7433.

“If you have a need, we will be there to pick you up,” said Kreutzer.  

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