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CACAC 50/50 Lottery winner takes home $124,000.00

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Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre 50/50 Cash Lottery

The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre 50/50 Cash Lottery is now complete, and our lucky winner has been drawn out of 140,082 ballots – taking home $124,272.50!

The CACAC is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 50/50 Cash Lottery: Serena Rohrer of Blackfalds, Alberta!

We would like to thank Serena for her support of our lottery and congratulate her on her exciting prize!

“Every time I buy a ticket to this I always think that it doesn’t even matter if I win the lottery, I would donate to the CAC any day, any time – this organization means a lot to me.” Serena R. on the phone after we told her that she won.

This lottery not only successfully raised money for our organization, but it helped create even more awareness throughout all of Alberta, and we are extremely happy with the reach we were able to attain and the support we received.

“We have many loyal supporters who bought tickets again, and now we have a whole new group of people who have come on board once they recognized us at various community events, as they see the importance of the work that we do for our vulnerable children in Central Alberta.” Mark Jones, CEO

In just over two years, the CACAC has been able support over 880 children who have been impacted by abuse – from 78 Central Alberta (and surrounding) communities, through our collaboration and partnerships.

“[Through this lottery] we will continue to create programs around our children and their families, and then to get it out into school organizations and in the social work community and the nursing world – to work with people about identifying the signs of abuse and identifying what to do if they suspect abuse. Awareness programs for our frontline people.” Mark Jones, CEO on which areas the lottery will support in the CACAC.

We would like to thank the community of Alberta for supporting our lottery, and our cause. This initiative truly will change and save lives. Thank you to all of our sponsor partners for helping us make this lottery a success, and to our committee for putting in countless hours. We look forward to our next initiative and hope that you continue with us on our journey to change the way Central Alberta responds to child abuse. 

About CACAC: The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is a not for profit organization rooted in the protection and recovery of today’s most innocent and vulnerable – our children. The Centre is comprised of a collective that is driven by the courage to support children, youth, and their families affected by abuse, enabling them to build enduring strength and overcome adversity.

We work in a collaborative partnership with the Central Region Children’s Services, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Justice, Alberta Education, the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre and the RCMP. Together we harness our collective courage to provide children with supported recovery.

For more information on CACAC, please visit: centralalbertacac.ca | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is a not for profit organization rooted in the protection and recovery of today’s most innocent and vulnerable – our children. The Centre is comprised of a collective that is driven by the courage to support children, youth, and their families affected by abuse, enabling them to build enduring strength and overcome adversity. We work in a collaborative partnership with the Central Region Children's Services, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Justice, Alberta Education, the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre and the RCMP. Together we harness our collective courage to provide children with supported recovery. It takes courage and bravery for a child to share their story of abuse, for families to bring their children forward, to believe, to listen without judgement, and to seek justice. Supporting the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre today is an investment in the promise and possibility of a healthy future for our children and our community.

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Drive in Christianity!  Coming soon to a church near you!

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On March 20 more than 60 vehicles gathered on the corner of 39th Street and 30th Avenue at 10:15 a.m. for a unique experience.

It was not a family comedy, nor an adventure film that brought folks out, but rather the bold proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Pastor Ben Elliot of Deer Park Church (formerly the Deer Park Alliance Church) via FM transmission (88.5 FM) for those in the parking lot and nearby neighbourhood.

Four rows of cars filled the lot with anywhere from 1 to 4 people per vehicle for an hour.

“This week I had the privilege of being home and was invited to be part of a province wide conference call with Premier Kenney and Minister Dr. Deena Hinshaw,” said Elliott during his sermon on Sunday.  “I was nervous when I suggested what we were planning for our service and we got the thumbs up from everyone.  He also asked us as faith leaders to pray for government and ministry leaders to make good decisions in this difficult time.”

He added that the church was going to ensure that the maximum number of 15 people was observed with only 4 volunteer parking attendants, 3 musicians and 1 pastor.

More than 60 vehicles attended a drive in church service

“I know it is tempting to get out of your car and chat with your friend but please don’t, be like our youth and chat with them across a window,” said Elliott who is also head of the Red Deer Ministerial Association.  “We want to honor the restrictions while honouring God by gathering together.”

Elliott spoke on cabin fever, an experience citizens across Canada are well familiar with.

“Robert Service wrote about cabin fever in a poem called Pious Pete and we are well familiar with the phenomena,” he said.  “Even King David, in 1 Sam 25 was not immune to the effects of continual exposure to the same people, except he lived in a cave!”

Pastor Ben Elliott reflected on a believers role in this crisis

He noted that the good news is, that even while he was not in the public, David sought God and was corrected by God!  He concluded his message by challenging us to honor God by being agents of peace and his salvation in our families.

Meanwhile, this particular drive-in was one of many services throughout the city and one of many formats.

Churches like Crossroads have live streamed their services for some time to service their growing congregation and others have moved to youtube presentations for viewing anytime.

Unity Baptist Church in north Red Deer has gone to Zoom for their services.

“This morning there was 40 people who logged into the sermon,” said Kent Lindsay, a

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Unity Baptist congregant.  “It was a great interactive way to experience a service without being there.”

Meanwhile, prayer groups like the Red Deer Catholic Mens Group have moved to Whatapp for communication and alerting members to Zoom sessions with other believers for rosary prayers and other intercessions.

“There are many ways for believers to meet and encourage each other during this time,” said pastor Andrew Rilling of Deer Park Church.  “From live streams to youtube personal phone calls, to our drive in format, Gods people need to encourage each other.  His word is always working and He meets us in our needs.  As a believer and a pastor I am encouraged and know that God is always working among us.”

 

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Keep an eye out for the kids!

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This message is for all teachers and all adults in Alberta.  This is an unprecedented time when children in our province are asked to stay home.  That means they won’t be “seeing” their support systems in their schools and their community.  Please pay attention when you do see the children you encounter.  Some may need help.  Please keep your eyes open for vulnerable youth.

Message from Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange and Minister of Children’s Services Rebecca Schulz

“We are humbly asking for your help as we look to continue to protect those that need our help the most”

Thank you Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange and Minister of Children’s Services Rebecca Schulz for articulating the importance of watching out for our little ones, our vulnerable ones, during this time of crisis.

It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a community to keep them safe.

If you suspect abuse or are in need of help, please reach out.

▪️Child Abuse Hotline (Local 24 Hrs): 1-800-638-0715
▪️Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
▪️Children’s Services: 403-340-5400
▪️RCMP Complaint Line: 403-343-5575

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