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Rotary Club of Abbotsford donates to three charities

Rotary Club of Abbotsfor president Hugh Ellis (far right) stands with (from left) Dave Murray of the Abbotsford Food Bank, Shona Brown from the Center for Epilepsy, and Bev Olfert from the Abbotsford Youth Commission.    - Submitted photo
Rotary Club of Abbotsfor president Hugh Ellis (far right) stands with (from left) Dave Murray of the Abbotsford Food Bank, Shona Brown from the Center for Epilepsy, and Bev Olfert from the Abbotsford Youth Commission.
— image credit: Submitted photo

The Rotary Club of Abbotsford has presented three local charities with funding to help support their programs.

The funds were raised at the club's annual Million Dollar Hole-in-One event in June.

The first three charities receiving proceeds from the event, which raised more than $85,000 over eight days, were the Abbotsford Youth Commission (AYC), the Center for Epilepsy and Seizure Education, and the Abbotsford Food Bank.

The AYC received $3,590 for The Integrity Project which provides funds for 50 youth to explore what it means to live with integrity through youth-led and youth-driven projects.

The Center for Epilepsy received $1,375 to send two clients to a specialized summer camp experience at Camp Zajac this year.

The camp is for children and young adults with chronic, life-threatening and/or debilitating conditions.

These experiences give participants the opportunity to explore the outdoors while developing social and environmental awareness and self-confidence.

The food bank received $3,700 to fund and assist in the creation of Satellite Food Banks, bringing the services of the Abbotsford Food Bank into the neighborhoods and local communities where need is the highest.

The money is being directed to those neighbourhoods where the current Rotary Blessings in a Backpack program is being most heavily used by elementary schools.

The Rotary Club of Abbotsford meets every Tuesday at noon at Cascade Community Church, 35190 DeLair Rd. For more information, visit please rotary.org, abbotsfordrotary.com or rotarymillion.com.

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