Letter: Branch 6 is at your service
To the editor;
Each year the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 6 Cloverdale raises funds and donates to the community. The money is raised by volunteer members who work hard at meat draws, raffles, gaming, pancake breakfasts, the Poppy Campaign, etc. Specific criteria have to be met before donations are made. The branch disbursed $58,405 in 2013.
The following are a few of the recipients of donations:
Surrey Memorial Hospital
George Derby Centre
Amos Ferguson Manor
Peace Arch Hospital Foundation
High school scholarships
BC Cancer Society
Heart and Stroke Foundation
It is through the support of our dedicated volunteers that we are able to serve our veterans, Canada’s military, and the community at large.
You might ask what we do for our veterans and their families. We have an excellent Service Officer, who is also our Sick and Visiting Officer. He donates many hours providing veterans and their families with information and assistance for referrals to the appropriate offices of Veterans Affairs to ensure that their concerns are dealt with.
For example, a World War II veteran or spouse may require home assistance, help with pensions, or medical aid and equipment. Many hospital visits are made to our veterans, and they receive home visits after being in hospital to assist with referrals for home care. The Poppy Fund will assist if a veteran qualifies for emergency help, food or clothing.
We support many community youth groups such as cadets, scouts, guides, and schools.
We have worked closely with the Surrey Museum on Remembrance Day.
Our Colour Party is active at many of the major events in Surrey, and participate in Canada Day, parades, and celebrations of life for deceased veterans.
We welcome new members. All Canadian citizens or Commonwealth subjects are welcome to become members. By becoming a member and participating you will have the opportunity to receive benefits like member discounts. You must be over 19 years of age. Military service is no longer required.
We invite you to join our branch. Drop in to the office and speak to our secretary to find out more about us. Office hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Royal Canadian Legion
Branch 6, Cloverdale