Alberni groups raise thousands on behalf of Fort Mac

Several fundraising events in support of those affected by the wildfires in Fort MacMurray have taken place around the Alberni Valley.

Soha Fouad

Several fundraising events in support of those affected by the wildfires in Fort MacMurray have taken place around the Alberni Valley over the past week with all funds raised donated to the Red Cross.

Three-year-old Soha Fouad wanted to help the children and families of Fort McMurray who have been affected by the wildfires because she thinks they would do the same for her.

The youngster decided to hold a lemonade stand on Wednesday, May 11 to raise funds which she will donate to the Red Cross.

“If I lost my stuff they would help me,” she said.

After only a couple of hours of selling juice, Fouad raised $507.

Organizers from the Walk With Your Doc event that took place on May 12 at Bob Dailey Stadium got wind of Fouad’s success, and she was asked to set up her lemonade stand during the event to continue raising funds for the Red Cross.

Fouad made another $228 selling lemonade at the Walk with your Doc event, bringing her grand total to $736.

All funds donated to the Red Cross are matched by the federal government and in Fouad’s case the TD Bank also offered to match the donations raised. In total, through her lemonade sale donations and the matching funds, Fouad donated $2,209 to the Red Cross to help those affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray.

Fouad’s mother, Allana, thanks the people of Port Alberni for all their support and generosity.

A group of nursing students at North Island College held two car washes on, May 12 to raise funds for those affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray. In total the nursing group raised $910, which will be matched by the federal government.

On Sunday, May 15 a Fort McMurray music benefit was held at the Harbour Quay featuring the Highway 4 band. The fundraising event brought in $835 in donations, a total that will be matched by the TD Bank as well as the federal government.

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