Walking for a cause

Western Financial Group’s Sparwood branch raked in nearly $4,000 by participating in the company’s 11th Annual Support the Cause Day Walk.

The Western Financial Group’s (WFG) Sparwood branch raked in nearly $4,000 by participating in the company’s 11th Annual Support the Cause Day Walk.

The walk, held on May 27, benefits the insurance brokerage’s own Western Communities Foundation — a charity that gives back to the communities its employees live and work in.

Funds this year will be put towards an infrastructure grant for the Sparwood Search and Rescue Society, according to Sparwood WFG branch manager Traci Allen.

“In the past, the Sparwood branch has donated to Lilac Terrace, and a student bursary to a graduating high school student,” said WFG’s Public Relations Coordinator Shannon Galley.

Another student bursary worth $500 was given out this year to Sparwood Secondary School graduate Brayden Reedy.

WFG Sparwood doubled their fundraising efforts this year, raising twice as much as 2014’s event, with this year’s exact numbers tallying $3,697.75.

A barbecue was also set up for the day and all seven of the WFG Sparwood employees participated in fundraising for the office.

“This year the event went really well,” said Allen. “The weather held so it was a beautiful day and we had seven additional members of the community wear red and join us for our walk. This was also the first year we decided to have a fundraising barbecue as well and we had a really good turnout for that,” she added.

The Western Communities Foundation frequently supports charitable programs focused on public health, public housing, education and recreation.