Take a pit stop at the Drive-thru breakfast fundraiser

Take a pit stop at the Drive-thru breakfast fundraiser

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The Oliver Fire Dept is hosting is fifth annual drive thru breakfast on Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 11.

Come out and enjoy a breakfast sandwich and coffee made by the firemen as you drive thru the bays of the firehall. Breakfast is by donation and all proceeds from breakfast go towards the Highway to Healing. Come out see the hall, meet the firefighters, enjoy breakfast and support a great organization.

The Club saw a need in their community of Oliver; living in a small town in the interior of the province required families with seriously ill or injured children to travel for medical care. Those travels could be expensive, and financial strain on families during their time of crisis was causing even more stress.

Background

Highway to Healing began as a project of the Rotary Club of Oliver. The Club saw a need in their community of Oliver; living in a small town in the interior of the province required families with seriously ill or injured children to travel for medical care.  Those travels could be expensive, and financial strain on families during their time of crisis was causing even more stress.

Although many groups, organizations and governmental programs provide much support for these families, including financial and residency support, there are still many costs families have to incur themselves. These costs can include fuel, meals, overnight stays before early morning appointments and many smaller expenses, such as parking, that add up over the period of an extended medical treatment.

The group realized the need existed to formalize and formed a Society under the Societies Act in 2014 and is a registered not for profit. With a volunteer working Board, our mission is to compassionately assist families in our community who have a child, 19 or under, requiring medical care that is not locally available.  Highway to Healing’s purpose is to supplement community assistance and be prepared to provide support when travel for medical treatment is required.
The Society is also a comprehensive source of information about other organizations who are ready and willing to assist.

Our goal is to provide immediate and direct financial support to families; within 24 hours of a request we e-transfer funds. We do not require vast amounts of paperwork, and seek always to relieve the burden, not add to it. Ongoing support is provided as families complete treatment, yet must continue to travel for check ups and follow up appointments. Assistance can be one time, or ongoing over a period of time.

Fundraising includes soliciting donations from local service clubs and groups, corporate donations, an annual Ride to Provide and now an Annual fun golf tournament.

In 2017, the budget for the Society increased enough to be able to extend our service area beyond Oliver, to include families from Osoyoos and OK Falls.

Since inception, we have provided over $35,000 in support to more than 20 families.

For further information, please contact any Board member through our website at http://highwaytohealing.org/ .

Board members include:

Gail Bariskill,Tanya Martin, Tracy MacFadden, Cathy Thompson, Alesha Grimard, Riley Martin, Tony Munday, Russell Work and Ernie Dumais.

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