The Co-op Mall will host a barbeque from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 18, in its parking lot, with all proceeds going to the hospital foundation. In support of the event – and to offer drivers one last ride before the summer ends – the Mile 0 Cruisers will host a show-and-shine to coincide with the barbeque.
The event was originally intended to be held on July 8 to coincide with the car club’s annual “Summer Cruise,” but was cancelled due to heavy rainfall that day.
“We’re looking forward to it,” said Jerimy Earl, communications and events coordinator for the hospital foundation. “It’s nice to get a second crack at it after the first one was cancelled. We’re pretty pumped, and grateful the Co-op and Mile 0 Cruisers thought of us.”
He said the fundraiser will bring them that much closer to completing the “Extreme Maternity Makeover” campaign, an effort to re-equip and refurbish the second-floor maternity ward at the hospital. He said they remain about $60,000 away from the $430,000 needed to finish those renovations.
“We’re almost near the finish line,” said Earl. “Buy a hundred burgers and we could end the maternity ward campaign right now!”
It will be an exciting month for the foundation as they have a couple big fundraisers upcoming. Tim Horton’s “smile cookie” campaign runs from Sept. 19 to 23, with the proceeds from the cookies going to the foundation, and Shopper’s Drug Mart will host its “Tree of Life” campaign, where customers can purchase decals of a leaf for $1, a butterfly for $5 or a cardinal for $25 that will hang in the store’s window and can include the purchaser’s name or the name of a loved one.
Earl added the Lakeview Credit Union has committed to making a sizeable donation later this month.
As for the Mile 0 Cruisers, the car club is hoping lots of cars show up to help support the fundraiser, said Danny Schilds, the club’s treasurer. He said the warm weather recently has allowed drivers to keep their summer cruisers on the road, and they’ve had over 30 people attend their cruiser nights they hold on Thursdays.
“They couldn’t drive them in July so they want to drive them now,” said Schilds.
“This (the show-and-shine) is really the last kick at the can, you never know when the snow is going to start,” he added.
He said after 1 p.m., participants in the show-and-shine will pay a visit to the Senior Citizens Hall, and then on to the Kilkerran Community Hall – located at 3194 on the 214 Road off the Alaska Highway north of Dawson Creek – for a corn roast that evening. He said maps will be put up to guide people to the hall.