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Proceeds of High River Flood Book Given to Community Groups

Written by Don McCracken, High River Times.

The book, Stories of the High River Flood, did a lot more than provide a way for people to heal after the disaster.

The woman who got the ball rolling on collecting and publishing all those stories and photos, Jane Russell, handed out cheques on Thurs. April 9 totalling $102,000 to five different community groups.

MP John Barlow and author Jane Russell stand with charity fund recipients.

MP John Barlow and author Jane Russell stand with community recipients.

The High River Fire Department received $22,000 and Chief Len Zebedee says it’ll go to a good cause. “It’s going toward our future regional training centre up by Saddlebrook, Zebedee says. “And that’s where we’re hoping to get some land donated and move forward with a training facility that will help train all our fire fighters and future fire fighters for years to come.”

He says they’re working with TransCanada Pipelines, the owners of the property, and he expects in the next couple of years to be able to move forward with the project.

Another recipient of the funding was the High River and District Health Care Foundation, which received $30,000 for the expansion and renovation of the Cancer Care Centre.

“We have a lot of patients that are currently going through chemo at the Cancer Centre who are obviously long-term residents here,” says Michael Brown, Executive Director of the Hospital Foundation. “They went through everything in 2013 like we all did, and now they’re battling with cancer, so the more we can do for them, obviously, we’re thrilled to be helping.”

Other groups to share in the money were Literacy for Life, Meals on Wheels and a program for seniors health care.

Original story can be found here.