Legion of Riders donate nearly $15,000

By Katherine Svenkeson
November 23, 2016 - 2:00pm Updated: November 23, 2016 - 2:38pm

It’s been a giving type of week for the Battlefords branch of the Canadian Legion of Riders.

Throughout the week they will present five cheques, each to a unique organization, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. On the receiving end of the highest donation, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch no. 70 accepted a $10,000 cheque on Nov. 22.

Legion President Gord Brown said the money will be put towards operation costs and to update their kitchen. He said they’re more than grateful to the Legion of Riders for the generous donation.

“Without the help from the Riders and other people it would be tough to keep the doors open. They help us tremendously,” Brown said. “Without them it just wouldn’t happen, simple as that.”

The riders also presented a $1,000 cheque to the Battlefords Boy Scouts earlier in the week to help them buy new equipment after their camping gear was stolen.

According to Kevin Jones, president of the Canadian Legion of Riders, the donation to the scouts stood out the most.

“I know they only have a couple fundraisers a year,” Jones said. “When we read [what happened] in the paper, that one stuck us pretty good. We figured we better step up and give them some money back so they can replace that.”

Jones said the reaction from the scouts was delightful.

The air cadets, army cadets and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch no. 9 in Battleford will also receive donations.


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