FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Rotary Club of Fort St. John and the Fort St. John Scotiabank branch presented two cheques to the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society today.
The Rotary Club raised the money for the Society at this year’s Rotary Mother’s Day Run. Scotiabank also partnered with the Rotary Club, and matched all donations up to $5,000. In total, organizers were able to raise $17,000 for the Women’s Resource Society. Daniel Holtmann with the Rotary Club says that after raising $10,000 in years past, this year the Rotary Club had a goal of raising $15,000, meaning that they exceeded their goal by $2,000.
Sherry Marshall, a volunteer and board member with the Society, said that the Society greatly appreciated the support of both Scotiabank and the Rotary Club. Marshall says that the money raised will go towards the Society’s housing and outreach programs. She explained that in May alone, the Society’s outreach program helped 590 clients, or an average of 139 per week. The money also helps the Society’s new program, which is called ‘The Healing Place,’ which provides both women and men with counselling and services and support.
Marshall also says that with two weeks of summer holidays having already elapsed, the Society is starting to look forward to Back to School time, and is asking for donations of school supplies, as well as fall and winter coats for students in families of need.