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Red Deer “Urban Spirits” Rotary Club makes it’s largest ever donation

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Pictured (left to right) Troy Gillard and Ross Smilie with Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits, Mark Jones and Alaine Martin with the Cental Alberta Child Advocacy Centre

Urban Spirits Presents $10,000 to Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre

Club’s largest community donation to date!

The Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits is thrilled to share that they have made a $10,000 donation to the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC).

The funds were raised through a successful application to the Rotary Foundation District 5360 Grant program and the 2019 Central Alberta Wing Fest that was held at Red Deer Titans Rugby Park on September 7.

“We are incredibly proud and excited to present this donation to the CACAC,” says Reg Warkentin, President, Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits. “The work being done by the CACAC is savings the lives of kids across Central Alberta. We’re so pleased to support their work to give vulnerable youth a second chance through our club’s largest donation yet.”

“Community groups like the Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits are so crucial in our community; their commitment and involvement allows organizations, like us, to do what we do,” shared Mark Jones, CEO, Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre.

“We have had the good fortune in having the Urban Spirits club as an avid supporter and advocate for our Centre, and we are honored to receive this generous donation. This contribution lets us continue to support the children of our community affected by child abuse, providing them and their families with the guidance and direction they so richly deserve.

“To everyone at the Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits who planned and volunteered at the event, along with all who participated and joined in Central Alberta Wing Fest – we thank you!”

About Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits

Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits charted July 2017. Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back.

About Rotary District Grants

To be eligible for a Rotary Foundation District 5360 Grant, the interested Rotary club must annually contribute more than $50/member and be up to date with their contributions at the time of the grant application. The Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits was successful in meeting the grant requirements to support the CACAC. For more details about the grant program, email: [email protected]

About Central Alberta Wing Fest
Central Alberta Wing Fest is a fundraiser hosted by the Rotaract Club of Red Deer and the Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits. All proceeds support non-profit and charitable organizations and projects. The 2019 event was presented by RSM Canada.

About the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre
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.

 

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Today’s politicians could learn a thing or two from the movies.

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Christopher Walken (actor) played the part of an owner of a gold mine in the move “The Rundown”. In this role he demanded to know “what is wrong with those people” who worked in his mine. He paid them, built them a town, put shirts on their backs.

Never mind the low wages, the hard labor, and the brutality of life, what is wrong with them?

“Total Recall” involved a mine owner with the same problem.

These are extreme cases of fiction but it is only the location and the exaggeration of the issue that is fiction.

Today under the guise of fiscal stewardship we suffer many the same maladies depicted (albeit exaggerated), in these movies.

Political leaders maintain too small a circle of influence, and begin to believe that, what is right for their circle, is right for everyone. If they do well, everyone will do well. Like the mine owner in the movie, today’s politicians believe it.

Current Prime Minister Trudeau, actually, in my opinion, believed it when he tried to fix the boondoggle an international Canadian based, business got into by seeking a special prosecution agreement. Later he realized he was wrong.

When cities handed off development to large developers, they became subservient to the developers, many believe, and start to preach, what is good for the developers are good for their cities.

Locally we have spent many tens of millions, of tax-payers money, on roads and services, fire halls, police stations, transit, public meetings, studies and planning to accommodate the developers.

In Red Deer, our population increased by 195 people, since 2015, while we built 1299 new homes, our house assessments depreciated 2 % eliminating any new tax base. Did we learn anything? No we are still accommodating the desires of large developers.

Premier Jason Kenney has the same problem as Christopher Walken’s character. “What is wrong with those people?”  As the mine owner, lining his pockets or those of his investors was paramount. He controlled everything, if you needed food you bought from his store at his prices. Education was only for young people too young to work in the mine. He ripped them off by underpaying, because he intimidated “those people”.

Premier Kenney has owners of big businesses,coal mines and oil and gas companies with eyes on profits, demanding more and easier access to money. Like the fictional mine owner controlling his town, Kenney thinks he owns the province.

He went after “those people”, our pension, “What’s wrong with those people?” He cut their minimum wages. “What’s wrong with those people?” He is bringing in Bills that will allow longer hours (12 hour work days) without overtime pay. He is cutting public education so private enterprise can make profit. He is privatising more segments of health care so private enterprise can make profit. “What’s wrong with those people?” He is restricting free speech, the right to protest, and the right to assemble.

In the movies the characters are 2 dimensional and it appears that in politics the characters are also only 2 dimensional. But “those people” are 3 dimensional and will eventually rise up and take control back.

Politicians like actors are not the only 2D characters in these scenarios, they need supporting underlings. In the movies they are directed and led, told what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. It seems in politics it is very much the same.

In the movies, The Rundown and in Total Recall, the owners were done in by greed, in the political arena many politicians went too far.

Today’s politicians should watch a few movies they might learn a thing or two.

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Whisker Rescue Society fundraiser “Please Give so Kitties Can Live”

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From the Whisker Rescue Society of Alberta

Hairball Madness

Whisker Rescue is proud to support 3 fantastic people who have offered to get Mohawks as a fundraiser for the Whisker Rescue Society of Alberta. They will be gathering donations and have their golden locks trimmed on July 13th at 1:pm at 22 Durand Crescent Red Deer.

We at Whisker Rescue are asking for everyone to please support them with donations in their effort. Lenn Opseth and his 2 grandsons, Brylan (10) and Anthony (8) Hawkings are so generously shedding their hair so very deserving kitties can live.

Donations help this very crucial organization save lives of kitties one life at a time which is struggling each day. Whisker Rescue Society is 100% volunteer run, we have no paid staff. I am asking for everyone, friends and family who can and would like to donate to this very worthwhile cause to support these 3 wonderful, generous people.

Every dollar raised goes towards the kitties and they thank you. God Bless you and kitty kisses to all. We could kiss you right meow!!

With Covid-19 this year, we are desperately low on donation dollars due to not being able to do so much of our fundraising. Every bit you can donate to this wonderful cause means so much and we thank you. Tax receipts given for donations of $20 and up!

Whisker Rescue is a non-profit charitable organization based out of Red Deer, Alberta, that strives to provide basic needs such as shelter, food, medical attention, and adoption opportunities to stray, homeless & surrendered cats in our care.

We are a no-kill organization that relies on volunteers to give every cat that enters our adoption program the time, patience, love and cuddles they need until their forever homes can be found.

Our Services Include:
• A warm kennel and cuddles from our volunteers and vet staff.
• Time spent nurturing and bottle-nursing kittens without mothers.
• Food and supplies such as litter, litter boxes, blankets and toys for foster homes.
• Medication for cats and kittens suffering from diseases and infections (i.e.. Upper Respiratory)
• Financial assistance to families (when funds are available) to assist in spaying or neutering their own cats to help control stray populations.

Donations can be made by:

Phone 403-347-1251

email [email protected] 

e-transfer to [email protected] 

Paypal

Cheque – Mail to:

Box 27138
Red Deer, AB T4N 6X8.

Thank you for your support! We could kiss you right MEOW

 

 

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