Friday, 27 June 2014 05:46

(Whopping) final totals from HALO's fundraiser in Jenner

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Left to right Joe Hofer, Keith Ritz, Chris Hofer, Dale Mack, Jeff Lewandowski, Pat Kukura, Dennis Ritz, Roselyn Ritz, Gwen Aebly, Dale Monkman. Missing from Jenner Fire Club:  Dave Hofer, Carmen Stopanski, George Kliensasser, Dawn Rasmuson, Trevor Libioron, Darren Rubelken, Bob Olson, Brad Simpson, Murry Knutson   Left to right Joe Hofer, Keith Ritz, Chris Hofer, Dale Mack, Jeff Lewandowski, Pat Kukura, Dennis Ritz, Roselyn Ritz, Gwen Aebly, Dale Monkman. Missing from Jenner Fire Club:  Dave Hofer, Carmen Stopanski, George Kliensasser, Dawn Rasmuson, Trevor Libioron, Darren Rubelken, Bob Olson, Brad Simpson, Murry Knutson   Photo contributed by HALO

Two things which are certain: small communities can accomplish big things, just ask those people in Jenner, Buffalo and the people who work with the Helicopter Air Lift Operation in southeastern Alberta. And the number 13 is not bad luck.

 


On June 13, the Jenner and Buffalo (combined) fire department held a fundraiser for HALO. Thirteen days later, they made a stunning announcement.
"The HALO organization is absolutely thrilled and honoured to be the recipient of a $70,125.50 donation from the Jenner, Buffalo Fire Club and MCR’S," explains current Executive Director of HALO David Friesen following an announcement June 26.
The money was raised during a fundraising concert and auction, which was held at the Jenner Arena on June 13.
There was a lot of excitement June 13 as upcoming country singer Livy Jeanne was the featured performer at the Jenner Hall. Throw in some live and silent auction items and it turned into a successful fundraiser.
There were a lot of happy locals with the end result. Following is some thoughts compiled by HALO on what Jenner and Buffalo departments accomplished.
"Big thank you to the Jenner and area community for there tremendous support to make this a very successful fundraiser. I’m proud to be part of this fire club," explains Keith Ritz.
"HALO is an invaluable service to our community seeing we are at least an hour and half from hospital by ground ambulance. HALO can be on scene and transport a patient back to hospital in half that time. The golden hour is critical when it comes to life threatening injuries. I am proud to serve as fire chief in such a great and generous community," says Jeff Lewandoski.
"There is no greater sound than hearing HALO when we are on scene. So proud to be part of these communities and departments," says Gwen Aebly.
"Being an hour and a half away from ground ambulance, it is a relief to have HALO arrive at a scene in less than half the time to transport a patient," says Pat Kukura.
 "I am proud to be part of the Jenner Fire Club and this HALO fundraiser. Great people in the Jenner Fire Club and MCR’s," adds Chris Hofer.
 "This is truly a life-saving service. Thanks to all who donated to this wonderful organization," says Dale Monkman.

"It is truly amazing the selflessness of the Buffalo & Jenner Fire Departments as they not only meet the needs of the community for medical, fire and trauma incidents but stepped up to the challenge of raising $ 70,000 for HALO. That is a challenge to other rural fire departments to rise up above and beyond and I’m proud I’ve had the honor to train and work with them," says Glen Durand, Special Areas Fire Chief.
"We are very proud to have HALO come out when we need them. Good team to work with. Good job HALO. Keep it up," says Joe Hofer.
"As secretary-treasurer of the Jenner Fire Club, I have a great feeling of satisfaction signing a cheque to HALO for over $70,000 to a very worthwhile life saving cause. Very glad to be a part of serving our community and the community at large," says Dennis Ritz.

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