By Sarah Pridgeon
Thanks to generous contributions from several local businesses and one private citizen, Sundance’s fleet of ambulances is once again up, running and ready to serve. More than $16,000 dollars has been raised through a fundraising effort rallied by Linda Tokarczyk, on behalf of Rare Element Resources.
“The donations given to the City for the ambulance repairs were a welcome gift,” says Kathy Lenz, Clerk-Treasurer. “Linda Tokarczyk has been instrumental in getting the word out for financial support to help repair the ambulances.”
Emergency funding was needed to replace the motor on one ambulance, at a cost of $18,000. The remaining vehicles were in need of general repairs to get them back on the road, costing $10,000.
Rare Element Resources itself contributed $5000 to the cause, with Powder River Energy Corp matching that donation from their ‘Operation RoundUp’ program, in which participating co-op members ‘round up’ their monthly bills to the nearest dollar. The roughly $6 per account, per year is then distributed to local worthy causes.
Sundance Electric also donated $1000 to the fundraising effort, while Bonnie Beaudoin gave $200. Strata Energy has made a commitment of $5000.
“We have such a wonderful community that pulls together whenever there is a need and jumps in to help anyway they can,” says Lenz. “The City of Sundance considers it a privilege to work with these organizations in a common goal to retain excellent ambulance service in our community.”