Shriners- So Much More than Just Clowning Around
Shrine Clowns ham it up with a patient – image courtesy Shriners of BC &Yukon Child Services Society
Prince George, B.C. – With so many fund raising projects underway for a variety of children’s health services, the Shriners may get lost in the shuffle, but they are still very active, and still improving the lives of some very special children,
“The challenge we have is that we’re not all that overt” says Prince George Shriner, Scott Harriman. While the Shriners’ presence is most often noted in parades where Shriner clowns are on mini motorcycles, or walking along the parade route, there weren’t any parades in Prince George last year. “We haven’t really been in the public eye” says Harriman, “We sell some tickets part way through the year, people see us there, we help the Salvation Army with its Kettle drive, We’re out there, but we don’t pump our own tires.” What they are doing is planning their presence at special events, like the Bryan Adams concert in Prince George, where they raised $10 thousand dollars through the sale of CDs.
The dollars raised go towards covering the cost of transportation, accommodation and treatment at any one of the Shriner’s 22 hospitals which offer specialized care for children with orthopaedic, spinal cord injury, burn or cleft palate needs.
Over the past three years, the Shriners of British Columbia & Yukon Child Services Society has helped 824 patients from B.C. and the Yukon visit one of the two of the Shriners Hospitals for Children in the west, one in Portland Oregon, the other, in in Spokane. Those visits were covered in full by the Shriners, all $5.38 million dollars worth.
The Shriners also help families of children who need special equipment, such as wheelchairs and prosthetics and then there’s the “Shriners in the Community Fund”. “This is where our club will gather up some money and we will put it into various places where it needs to go right here in the community” says Harriman, “Lets say your grand daughter needs a special wheelchair and it’s not covered by insurance, that’s the next step we are taking.”
There are more than 80 Shrine clubs throughout BC and Yukon all working towards the common goal…for the kids, but in today’s world where social media has demonized clowns, Shriner Rod Holmes says he has changed his approach “This past year, with all the nonsense that’s been going on, I’m working on a character clown so I’m not the white faced clown so many are afraid of, I’m somebody who blows up balloons and has fun for the kids.” Holmes eyes fill with tears as he talks about the mission of the Shriners ” You know, you put a smile a on a kid’s face and you fix their body, I mean , what’s wrong with that? That’s what it’s all about, that’s why we do what we do.”
If you know of a child in need of this kind of assistance, the Shriners may be able to help.
For more information about Shriners Hospitals for Children or the Shriners in the Community Fund call toll free 1-800-661-KIDS (5437), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Fantastic work guys..keep it up. Dont need to be in the spotlight to do good for all
At first glance I thought the ndp had opened their campaign office with John Horgan in town along with Bobby and what’s her name sporting their Sunday best courting a 2029 voter:D
Fine work by the Shriners unless the kids are afficted by coulrophobia.
What, yet another BC Liberal photo op? I can’t wait for the election writ to drop because the situation is getting “comical”.
You do have a problem! Your fixation on one issue appears to be dominating your entire life! And it is not comical at all!
That was FUNNY!
The picture is easily mistaken for an ndp rally as the party is run like a clown car. Former drivers Carol James and Adrian Dix now sit in the back seat with Horgan at the wheel…..by the fall he will join James and Dix in the back and Eby will be driving around in circles because they lost the road map a LONG time ago:P
Sparrow, without a doubt, the very best comment of the day!
For another laugh, I read BH’s comment where he tries to hijack your comment and turn it against the Liberals, haha! Not an original thought in his head!
These Shriners are amazing with the the work they do on behalf of all kids.
Got a ton of respect for this group.
Eby should be body slammed! Been Human at it again! Thank you Sparrow for balancing his usually inane, dribble posts out. The unfortunate thing about the Shriners is that this is another fund raising effort! They do awesome work, but I bet you over the years their efforts have dropped off big time! Way too many fund raising projects, raffles etc! I donate my time, not money, to Hospice House! I do buy a house raffle every year as I know all funds go back to Hospice! Hey BM, who do you donate to, the NDP or do you support a legitimate business? Bwahahahah!
Is there as cure for NDP tunnel vision based on denial of verifiable plain evidence?
We do not have a right wing dictatorship, we do not have a left wing dictatorship , we have a democracy which enables us to vote for or against a party according to our preference! Cynical and derogatory remarks are accomplishing nothing. Pity those who confuse politics with religion and act as if they are on a mission to convert others to their point of view, the one they are convinced is the only correct one!
Good post Prince George. Right on topic as usual. I suggest that you read the article and then post on subject instead of being in such a rush to belittle anyone who doesn’t agree with your politics.
Why does a feel good story about the Shriners have to turn into a pissing match between the usual suspects?
News flash, your constant bickering isn’t going to win anyone to your collective sides. If anything, it just makes all y’all look foolish and petty.
Another reason 250 has for shutting down Friday Free for All. This is a good story for a good cause, but look what happens. If you can’t keep politics out of it, gonna lose it.
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