Theft Threatens Cadet Fundraiser
Prince George, B.C. – A theft at a local eatery this week has put a major damper on an annual fundraiser for the Rocky Mountain Rangers.
Sometime Wednesday night thieves broke into Fore Bistro, stealing thousands of dollars worth of their silent auction items.
Commanding Officer Captain Walter McCue says it’s a “real kick in the belly” because it helps them pay for a whole host of things throughout the year.
“Rent. We have a big trip we’re doing. Some of the funds will help send a number of cadets to France in April for the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. A huge thing for them,” he says.
“Uniforms for a pipe band we’ve started, money for our first aid, marksmanship and biathlon teams.”
McCue says the annual event helps raise anywhere from $2,500-$8,500 depending on the year. In the meantime, he notes they’re doing what they can to help salvage the event.
“There’s a number of officers and civilian staff who are touching base with those that were so kind with the initial donations. Other private individuals have taken up the cause, canvassed for us. And items are slowly starting to roll in.”
He says people can help by dropping off donations at the Royal Canadian Legion on Sixth Avenue or by purchasing tickets for tonight’s dinner.
McCue says you can get your tickets by calling Don Floria at 250-961-4052. He says tickets will not be sold at the door though those wanting to simply participate in the silent auction are welcome to do so until 8:15 p.m.