The Scotiabank Bright Futures Program has once again assisted the Fernie Elks Lodge with their fund raising in support of community initiatives, presenting the Elks Lodge with a $3,000 cheque. The money has been earmarked to be donated to the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children and the Alberta Elks Foundation.
The Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children is the national charity dedicated to assisting children of families in need. Through funding the Fernie Elks have come to the aid of many families in the Elk Valley, most recently donating $3,000 towards ‘Smiles for Shyanne’ to help cover some of the expenses for six-year-old Shyanne Osmond and her family to travel for much needed surgery. The Elks and Royal Purple of Canada also support a national Drug Awareness Program aimed at prevention through education of the illegal use of drugs.
The Fernie Elks Lodge is part of the Alberta Elks Association, formed in 1971 to act as a charitable body to assist member lodges in supporting their communities and children in need. Through the Alberta Elks Foundation the Fernie Lodge has assisted in local projects, such as donating $3,000 to the Elk Valley Society for Community Living towards attaining a ‘Sunshine Van’ for their summer camp program this past summer.