This is a guest post written by Blair Kaplan. Blair is a PR guru and a volunteer member of the Pemberton Refugee Resettlement Group. Wonder what they’re about? Blair offers an introduction here, before taking over the Wellness Almanac instagram account, with sidekick Kiran Pal-Pross, to dig a little deeper on their mission and motivations.
by Blair Kaplan
The concept of ‘community’ is a beautiful thing – within that word is the important word ‘unity.’
Unity — ‘the state of being one’ or ‘a whole or totality as combining all its parts into one.’ On June 17th, the community (Pemberton and beyond) will be coming together at Downtown Community Barn for The Barn Party.
The Barn Party is not only a party but a fundraiser for two very important causes: the Pemberton Refugee Resettlement Group and the Gord Downie Brain Cancer Research Fund.
So, what do these two causes have in common? I was trying to figure out how to explain the reasoning behind it but Hillary Downing explained the relationship between the causes so eloquently that I just had to quote her:
“The idea of holding an event to raise funds for the PRRG started to take shape a couple of months ago and I volunteered to help along with my daughter Riva Fisher. Some of you who know Riva may also know that in the last two months her health has deteriorated. In response, several members of PRRG without hesitation suggested funds from the fundraiser should be shared equally between PRRG and a fund of Riva’s choice to assist with brain cancer research.
It was a generous, thoughtful gesture, but as Media and Public Relations Coordinator for PRRG, how was I going to spin that complicated story. It’s a mess, I thought. And then some very astute and kind individuals set me straight. The two issues are not that different. It’s a matter of seeing people in difficult circumstances and stepping up to offer some kind of help. It’s why we live here and why I think this community can invite a family from somewhere across the world to share our abundance.”
At The Barn Party, DJ Rich-A will be playing old country classics Marble Canyon will also be performing. There will be a dance floor and we expect some serious dance moves to be busted! Our Mayor, Mike Richman, will be working the BBQ and Coast Mountain Brewing will be providing the beer.
So, basically, we are a town who supports one another and also enjoys a fun time. Based on feedback and the support on the Facebook event, we will sell a lot of tickets. We only have 300 tickets to sell so get them while you still can.
Oh yah, massive cheers to our other sponsors: Pemberton Valley Supermarket and Sabre Rental. This is a 19+ event. Tickets are $20 and are available at AC Petrol, Mt Currie Coffee and Pemberton Valley Supermarket.
If you haven’t dropped everything you are doing to run out and buy a ticket, here is more information for you about who the event is supporting:
What is the Pemberton Refugee Resettlement Group (PRRG)?
The PRRG is a group of community members united by our sense of good fortune in calling Pemberton, B.C. and Canada home and our belief that we can share that good fortune with a family in dire need of help. By welcoming a refugee family to live in Pemberton, we believe we can give at least one family hope and enrich our lives and our community in the process.
Our immediate goal is to provide funding and resettlement support to allow one refugee family to find employment and quality of life in our community.
We are a small town, but we can show courage and make a difference.
The Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research
Donations to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research will give Sunnybrook the tools to help beat brain cancers that are currently unbeatable. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, is one of Canada’s largest and most dynamic hospitals with over 10,000 staff, physicians and volunteers that provide the best care for critical times in the lives of the 1 million patients they see each year. Sunnybrook Foundation exists to support the advancement of our world-class health sciences centre, through active fundraising in support of research, education and equipment initiatives at Sunnybrook.
Donations to the PRRG can be made via the website.