Thursday, 22 March 2018 06:58

Medicine Hat Skateboard members take gowns to Mexico for El Refugio girls

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While there, they will be building a home for a family in need and partnering with a Girls Home called El Refugio.

This home rescues girls who have been affected by human trafficking
As the Medicine Hat Skateboard Association has gotten to know this charity we’ve learned that a need they have is the fact that the girls in the home don’t have gowns to be able to celebrate Quinceanera.  This is a major celebration that young girls in Latin America celebrate. Danielle Hodgman, Medicine Hat Skateboard Association team member said “We want to be able to go down to Ensenada and show these girls how loved and valuable they are. We can do this by helping them create a memorable celebration”.
A big need El Refugio has is for gowns for these girls. Team member Danielle Hodgman said “The challenge for the MHSA, being primarily a team made up of boys, is that we don’t have access to dresses!”  The MHSA is putting out a request to our community that if you have a used but in good shape graduation gown we will gladly transport it to Ensenada.  Gowns can be dropped off at The Summit Art and Sport Center (Bay #2, 221 North Railway) on Friday, March 16/18 and Friday March 23/18 between the hours of 1pm and 6pm.
Local law firm Stringam LLP is financially supporting the celebration. Partner Luke Day said, “This is a great way to work with the Medicine Hat Skateboard Association to help young girls in need. We want to make these girls feel special by being able to host this Quinceanera celebration.”
When made aware of the need, local company Weddingstar is donating gift items to be able to present to the girls.
 “It is so encouraging and exciting to see these local businesses and our community coming together to support these young girls as well as our own guys on this trip to Mexico. Talk about two worlds colliding,” Danielle Hodgman said. “We were overwhelmed with the incredible support from our Silent Auction where we raised $13,000 of our $17,000 remaining budget. Plus, our community has been so generous in donating bottles through our bottle drives. We now need the community of Medicine Hat to help us celebrate with these girls by providing gowns. What a privilege to know your gown went on to impact a fifteen-year-old girl in this way.”
For further details, including being able to chat with Luke Day from Stringam LLP or team member Danielle Hodgman, please contact Terence Kowalchuk at 403-928-2181.

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