Rotary Drive Thru Breakfast raises $19,000 for Fort St. John kids

The Rotary Club of Fort St. John is pleased to announce an astounding $19,000 was raised from this year’s Drive Thru Breakfast to support children and youth in Fort St. John.

On Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, Rotarians met at the Fort St. John Child Development Centre to present the first of four contributions, with $8,700 donated to support the CDC’s Kids Connect Autism Program.

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Kids Connect provides centre-based, early behavioural intervention for children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The program provides individualized skill acquisition programming, along with activities designed to develop self-regulation, social referencing, and joint attention skills. It also provides support and resources to families.

“The CDC recognizes the amazing work and contributions that Rotary provides in our community and we are very happy to be in receipt of this donation,” says Tana Millner, Executive Director for the Child Development Centre. “The funds received today will go directly to supporting our families and providing quality programming with additional resources, supplies, and materials.”

Three dozen Rotary volunteers and their family and friends came together for this year’s Drive Thru Breakfast held on Sept. 10, and served a record 1,500 breakfast orders.

Three other well-deserving non-profit groups will also benefit from this year’s Breakfast:

  • The Fort St. John Literacy Society: A $6,000 contribution will cover two months of books delivered free to kids 0 to 5 five years through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Over these two months, more than 1,700 books will be given to children registered in this program.

  • Community Bridge: A $2,250 contribution will cover three months of Daddy & Me programming, providing an environment that recognizes the parenting abilities of fathers and male caregivers, and giving them quality time with their children.

  • The North Peace Cultural Centre: A $2,000 contribution will cover 100 hours of free arts instruction offered through the after-school Let’s Art program.

“The Rotary Club of Fort St. John would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for making this year’s Breakfast a tremendous success,” said Rotarian Vince van Wieringen. “These contributions come at a critical time in our community, providing much-needed resources to organizations working to make a positive impact on child and family development in the city.”

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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