Dave Birnie

Golden Shriners aid children’s hospitals and STARS

The Golden Shriners, with the funds raised from their charity golf tournament, were able to make three separate donations.

The favourite thing for members of any charitable organization is getting to donate funds to the people who need it.

This week the Golden Shriners, with the funds raised from their annual charity golf tournament, were able to make three separate donations.

“We have cheques for the BC Children’s Hospital and for the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, as well as for STARS Air Ambulance,” said club treasurer Dave Birnie.

The Shriners like to focus their attention on children and families, especially ones dealing with medical issues.

“That’s what the Shriners are all about, giving help to kids,” said Warren Ward.

STARS Air Ambulance does not fit into that mandate directly, but it is connected as they provide a valuable service transporting patients to hospital.

Each was given a cheque for $3,000.

“I think that’s the biggest thing, just to let the public know what the money they’ve donated to the club is being used for,” said Ben Adama.

In the past, the Shriners have made donations directly to families in Golden who needed help with things like travel expenses for when they have to go to Calgary or Vancouver to visit the hospital.

The Shriners would like people to know that if they do need help, there are some funds available.