Thursday, 11 January 2018 09:53

Acadia Valley benefit to help those affected by Oct. wildfire

Written by  Jamie Rieger
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As soon as the devastating wildfires of last October were extinguished, plans were put in place to help those in the MD of Acadia and the RM of Chesterfield who suffered losses.

On Jan. 20, a A fundraiser will be held in Acadia Valley as a way for the community to help out.
"We've been talking about having a fundraiser since Oct. 17, but decided to wait until after the holidays. A group of us have been meeting since then," said Brent Williams, chief administrative officer  for the MD of Acadia. "Our main purpose is to give our communities a way to support those impacted by the fires and people may not be able to support financially, but with labour, tractor time, or in other ways. We have got a variety of offers."
Donations for the live and silent auctions have been coming in from throughout the region and anybody wishing to donate, can contact the MD office at 403-972-3808.
"We have received great success from Oyen, Acadia Valley, and Medicine Hat businesses," said Williams, adding that the proceeds from the fundraiser will assist people in the MD of Acadia and the RM of Chesterfield.
The organization for the event is being run through the MD office.It is important, Williams says, for the community and all levels of government to work together t.
"This is only going to happen if we all work together for this disaster and future disasters. Landowners, municipalities, and the provincial government need to work together," he said. "(MLAs) Bob Wanner and Drew Barnes have been great assets for this event."
The Wildfire Relief Fundraiser takes place at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Acadia Valley Community Hall. The event will include silent and live auctions, DJ and dance, free appetizers, and bucket draws. Admission is free and donations are welcome.
For further info or to help out, contact 403-664-9319 or 403-972-3808.

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