Kim Lennox and Eric Johnstone of EKCCU are raising funds for Elk Valley Safe Homes and Kids Count Too with the help of donations at their barbecue by people like Braydon Edmondson.

Kim Lennox and Eric Johnstone of EKCCU are raising funds for Elk Valley Safe Homes and Kids Count Too with the help of donations at their barbecue by people like Braydon Edmondson.

EKCCU supports local women and children’s services

Another barbecue will happen tomorrow at the EKCCU in Fernie .

By Sara Moulton

Wet weather couldn’t dampen the community spirit at East Kootenay Community Credit Union in Fernie, as staff defied the elements to hold a hot dog barbecue in the name of fundraising for Elk Valley Safe Homes and the Kids Count Too program. These important causes support women and children who are suffering from domestic violence and abuse in the Elkford, Elko, Fernie, Jaffray and Sparwood area.

Branch Manager Eric Johnstone joined Member Service Leader Kim Lennox in handing out grilled goodies in exchange for donations and were appreciative to those who ventured down to lend their support. They were also grateful for Mark Lento and the team at Overwaitea Foods in Fernie, who supplied the products for the event.

As the Sparwood branch have postponed their barbecue until tomorrow, Thursday, September 19, Lennox also plans to reattempt her barbecue in Fernie to give everyone another opportunity to donate.

“It’s supposed to be a little warmer tomorrow, so hopefully a few more people might come down,” said Lennox.

They are looking forward to many more joining them at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, September 25 at the Fernie and Elkford branches for a fundraising walk that will also support Elk Valley Safe Homes and Kids Count Too.

EKCCU will match any donations up to $1,500 and are hopeful that this year will raise even more than the $7,112 from last year. Pledge forms can be obtained from any EKCCU branch and those who are unable to participate are more than welcome to donate as well.