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Media Release - Professional Firefighters Receive Cheque from Telus


Powell River Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society received a $2,900 donation from Telus after partnering with Telus and Powell River Community Radio Station CJMP for the Can You Hear Us Now publicity event.
CJMP is celebrating its newly moved broadcast antenna to the Telus tower on Gallagher Hill, increasing the reach of its signal and providing emergency broadcast service to more of the region than ever. After having a 12-hour window for new listeners to phone in, new listeners’ names were put in a draw for prizes and the Powell River Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society received a donation from Telus for every caller that called in.
The Powell River Professional Fire Fighter Charitable Society is a registered charity that has been changing lives in Powell River since it organized in 2004. It provides education in programs such as the Fire Safety House, as well as to help relieve poverty within the community of Powell River through basic amenities, including food, clothing and shelter.
The charity also assists other charities within the community that have similar goals and objectives. In past, the charity has donated to Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society, as well as the Brain Injury Society, the Powell River Mobility Opportunities Society and Muscular Dystrophy Canada. The charity also has donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association Burn Fund, a vitally important charity that was recently used by two community members who suffered large burns to their bodies and had lengthy stays in the Lower Mainland. Please follow this link for more information:
A new ongoing program that the firefighter charity has begun is to provide food for local schools that have hungry students who show up to school with little or nothing to eat. The program was piloted last year and it has been officially expanded for students in Brooks Secondary School and Henderson Elementary School. There is more of a need that needs to be addressed and with the money provided by Telus, the program can be expanded further.
As firefighters, we enter many homes in the community and see the need firsthand. We feel our assistance can help to lift the burden of families and help our children thrive in a community that cares for them in every aspect of their lives. Healthy communities start with our children and benefit us all. We may never really be able to fill the need that is required, but we are trying to do as much as we can.
Funding for Powell River Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society comes from payroll deductions made by every single member of Powell River’s International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1298, and through fundraising efforts such as car washes, as well as private and corporate donations. For those wishing to help or donate, they may contact the firefighters through their website, Facebook page or via email.
For more information, contact:
Dave Ellis, President, IAFF Local 1298
(604) 485-4431                                                                                            
Photo information:
Powell River Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society was presented with a cheque for $2,900 following a fundraising promotion with Telus and CJMP Radio. In the front row, from left, are: Jennye Vishek (Powell River Community Radio Society Board Vice President); Leeanne Barr (CJMP 90.1FM Sponsor Coordinator); Jason Leane (Powell River Community Radio Society Board President); Cindy Gaudin (CJMP 90.1FM Volunteer); Tricia Greenwood (Coordinator/Public Educator Powell River Fire Rescue); Terry Peters (Fire Chief); Antje Unger (Sunshine Coast Telus Regional Market Manager); Sid Sidhu (Manager Marketing, Telus Communications) and Curtis Rowe (Business Consultant, Telus Community Investment). Firefighters, from left, are: Firefighter Kevin Culos, Firefighter Chris Phyall, Captain Bill Grantham, Firefighter Ryan Kolba, Firefighter Sid Allman, Firefighter Rob Devlin, Captain Mick Adam, Firefighter Kyle Vasseur and Firefighter Max Stewart.
City of Powell River Photo

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 2:30pm


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