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The West Kootenay Friends of Refugees (WKFR) is putting on a Burger & Beer Fundraiser at the Steamshovel on Wednesday June 12th from 6-9. Tickets are $20, available at The Cellar. There will be music, prizes and draws!

WKFoR Fundraiser June 12th

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The Chocolate and Wine Pairing fundraiser was a great success raising over $3,000!

Kate Mahoney provided a great overview of the refugee crisis globally and Kathy Moore shared information on the families we are sponsoring.

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Trish from Mountain Nugget provided great content on the chocolate as well as pairing notes and the silent auction was filled with great items to bid on.


Thank you to Jennifer Vogel for organizing the event.  Hopefully this will become an annual fundraiser!

*All photos are from Dave Cornelius.

Come learn the ins and outs of chocolate with local chocolatier Trish Dyer of Mountain Nugget .

Date: Saturday, March 9th, 7-10 pm.

Location: Rouge Gallery in Rossland

Tickets: $30 and include 3 varieties of wine paired with chocolate, live music and appies.

There will also be a silent auction with many fabulous items and services offered from your favourite local businesses.

Only 50 tickets will be sold, purchase at the Rouge Gallery, Mountain Nugget or email to RSVP.

Ticket sales will close on March 2 2013.

This is event is a fundraiser for the West Kootenay Friends of Refugees.

Thanks to Columbia Basin Trust as well as the WKFoR volunteers for supporting this event!



This is a free event however proceeds from donations will be generously donated to the West Kootenay Friends of Refugees.

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In December 2012, students and staff from l’École des Sept-Sommets initiatied a fundraising campaign called « Vide tes poches ! » to help the two Burmese families who will soon be arriving in our community. « Vide tes poches » means empty your pockets, so this is what they did. They collected spare change and emptied the piggy banks!


It was also a good opportunity for students to learn some geography and a little history. Teachers had to answer many questions such as: Where is Myanmar? Where is Malaysia? What are refugee camps? Why is Canada committed to helping refugees?


The students were all very excited to see photos and learn the names of the families who will soon be part of our community. Everyone is looking forward to meeting them!


The younger students did a sorting activity to divide all the coins collected and a few of the older students helped with rolling and counting (Thanks to Alexander and Griffin!). l’École des Sept-Sommets, a small school of 40 students collected $367.01! The school would like to challenge other schools and groups in the community to beat that!

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Thank You (LtoR):Patrick Walker, Shawn Nelson, Dean Corkill, me, Gerald Heacock, Brandon Surcess, George Lupieri (missing:Heather Dobson)

The West Kootenay Friends of Refugees (WKFOR) recently received a big boost from an AMEC barbecue that raised $1873 and a quilt raffle that pulled in $1400, bringing us half way to our total fundraising goal of $20,000.  We are preparing  to welcome two Burmese refugee families to Rossland some time in the next year.

A big thank you goes to Dean Corkill who promoted the cause to AMEC.  In addition to the BBQ, a silent auction was held with generous donations from AMEC, Amore’s Ristorante, Got Juiced, L’bear’s, Mountain Nugget Chocolate Company, Performance Fitness, Seven Summits Coffee Company Lawerence Chow and Leon Fisher (who donated very popular hand tied fishing lures).

Learn more in a great article published by the Rossland Telegraph.

Drawing for the winner of the donated quilt outside Rossland Library, Aug 1, 2012.

After many months of waiting, the draw for a quilt donated by the USCC Cultural Interpretive Society from the Doukhobor community took place August 1st, 2012 in Rossland, B.C.

And the winner is….Nemaiah Shaw (age 17) from Rossland, B.C.

Nemaiah Shaw was the happy winner and generously donated the quilt she won to refugee families the West Kootenay Friends of Refugees (WKFoR) are sponsoring to move to Rossland.

Fifteen people sold raffle tickets as part of this successful fundraising event for the WKFoR.

Learn more about fundraising efforts in a recent article published by the Rossland Telegraph.