MEDIA RELEASE: 07.18.2014

There are only six weeks left in the St. John Ambulance Brigade of Leeds-Grenville & Lanark’s “Caring for Our Community” Capital Campaign that concludes on Sunday, August 31st with a “Wrap Party” at the Keystorm Pub. And there are many ways in which the general public can contribute to the Brigade’s fundraising efforts.

Coming off the Capital Campaign’s most successful fundraiser to date, the July 11th “An Evening of Art & Music at the Connell Homestead in Spencerville”, there are several smaller events and projects planned. Almost 80 patrons attended the July 11th fundraiser hosted by Sarah Jane and Richard Dumbrille in the historic Connell Homestead, at which the guests were treated to swing music by Alexander’s Big Time Band, exciting live and silent auctions featuring local artists, and a wonderful summer’s meal. The $12,300 raised that evening helped to bring the current fundraising total over $150,000.

On Saturday, August 2nd Acting Chief of the Brockville Police Services, Scott Fraser will take part in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to raise even more funds for the SJA Capital Campaign. Earlier in July, David Dargie – Capital Campaign Coordinator “called out” both former BPS Chief Barry King and Chief Fraser to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, where a person pours a bucket of ice water over his/her head and then challenges two other people to do the same within 48 hours or else contribute to a designated charity. Chief King responded on time, however Chief Fraser missed his “window of opportunity” and will now have a public soaking, all to benefit the “Caring for Our Community” Capital Campaign.

The public is invited to support Chief Fraser’s fundraising efforts both before August 2nd and at the “Ice Bucket Challenge” that is scheduled for 10:00 AM on August 2nd at the City of Brockville’s Farmers’ Market. Members of the St. John Ambulance Brigade will be “passing the hat” for Chief Fraser to make sure that he can make a “healthy” contribution to the Capital Campaign. All of the fun associated with this event will be captured on video and posted on You Tube.

David Dargie, originator of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” and the “Caring for Our Community” Capital Campaign Coordinator observed, “We are very fortunate to have two good sports, former BPS Chief Barry King and Acting Chief Scott Fraser, who are willing to take the Ice Bucket Challenge and raise funds for the ‘Caring for Our Community’ Capital Campaign. Everyone is invited to the Farmers’ Market in Downtown Brockville on Saturday, August 2nd at 10:00 AM to witness some good old fashioned FUN raising! We have several other ways in which everyone in Leeds-Grenville & Lanark Counties can help us reach our Capital Campaign goals. Watch in the coming weeks to see how you can help us reach our goals.”

Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation to the “Caring for Our Community” Capital Campaign are invited to contact St. John House by telephoning 613.342.2974 or by e-mail: brockville@on.sja.ca.