Rick Kennedy (left) was injured in a workplace incident last month. Submitted

Donations pouring in for injured Fernie man

GoFundMe page for Rick Kennedy reaches $17,639

Donations continue to pour in for the family of a man seriously injured in a workplace incident at an Elk Valley mine last month.

Rick Kennedy suffered a broken arm and head injuries when a tire he was changing exploded in a contractor maintenance shop at Teck Coal’s Greenhills Operations near Elkford about 12:30 p.m. Monday, January 28.

LOOK BACK: Worker had been changing tire when it exploded at East Kootenay mine

The Maxam Bulk Services employee was flown to Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary in critical condition.

Last week, The Free Press reported nearly $30,000 in cash donations and silent auction prizes had been raised for the Kennedys, who have lived in Fernie since the ’90s and own Fernie Mountain Honey.

LOOK BACK: Elk Valley community rallies for injured contractor

That total has since been exceeded with $17,639 raised by 162 people in 16 days via a GoFundMe page as of Saturday.

More than 120 businesses and individuals contributed prizes totalling $10,000 to a silent auction, which ended on Thursday, February 14.

A trust fund set up for the Kennedys was sitting at $4300 last Monday.

To donate to Rick and his family, visit Gofundme.com/rick-kennedy or contribute to the trust fund using the following details:

Kim Kennedy Trust Fund

East Kootenay Credit Union

Bank: 22330

Transit number: 809

Account number: 100001996826

For E-transfers, use the email rickkimkennedytrust@gmail.com and password “Fernie”.

All funds raised will go directly to the Kennedy family.

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