Calgary can anticipate worse challenges to come. The damage caused by the relentless flood can only be revealed over time. However, the response to the devastation was exceptional. Calgarians did a magnificent job communicating through social media, whether it was to advertise for a room to spare, or to use tools like Twitter and Facebook to provide timely, accurate information to mobilize clean-up efforts and quickly organize community groups. Amid the chaos and turmoil over the past few weeks there were many triumphs.
It was with this same spirit in mind that the Ward 12 team held a “FloodRaiser” on Saturday June 29, 2013, to raise funds, hygiene products, clothes and non-perishable food items for flood victims. Hundreds of people showed up to the event which was held at the McKenzie Lake Community Centre. Those in attendance were also invited to watch an outdoor movie on a giant inflatable screen. Special thanks must go to FreshAirCinemafor showing the movie and for providing us all with a memorable experience.
At the end of the night, the Ward 12 team raised almost $6000.00 in donations, services, and items. Various goods such as furniture, water, clothes, toys, and books were donated. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the McKenzie Lake Community Association for their generosity and support in helping host the event. For those of you who still want to help please visit the Calgary Clean-Up event on Facebook or yychelps.ca. A number of organizations are still accepting donations:
Canadian Red Cross
Canadians can donate to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Floods Response at the website or call 1-800-418-1111. Salvation Army
Canadians can also donate to the Salvation Army Alberta Relief Effort. Call 1-800-725-2769.
Calgary Drop-in & Rehab Centre