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On Thursday evening, the $61,288 cheque was presented to Leosette Canoy, known as Cheng, and Analyn Shurtliff at Bing’s Furniture and Appliances, owned by Edward Mah.
Mah said the donation speaks well of the community.
“We’re in the middle of a recession — dollars are tight. People are trying to figure out, ‘do I pay for gas, do I pay rent, do I pay for food?'” Mah explained.
“But they open up their wallets to [give] over $60,000 to help these two ladies out.”
The same evening, the Dawson Creek Kids Club presented a $3,423 cheque to Cheng and Shurtliff.
Cara Funk, with the Kids Club, said the kids wanted to do a fundraiser because they had been on the same trail only two days before.
“All of a sudden, this idea about the hotdog stand came up, and we said, ‘Let’s just do a simple hot dog stand and see if anyone will come,'” Funk explained.
In collaboration with the Butcher Block, they sold hot dogs and ended up having more than 350 people stop by.
“The kids got to experience what it looks like when people come up and say, ‘I don’t even need a hot dog, I just wanna help,'” she said.
“[It was] quite a powerful experience for us all to see what happens when a community comes together.”
After receiving both cheques, Cheng thanked the community for their support.
“We know thank you is not enough, but from the bottom of my heart, thank you,” Cheng said.
Both Shurtliff and Cheng also thanked the healthcare workers involved in their recovery.
The donation comes from the benefit dinner Mah hosted on November 5th, at the George Dawson Inn with catering donated by Flavours 8.
With files from Katherine Caddel
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