Donations help to heal ambulance fleet

Linda Tokarczyk and Mike Finn of Rare Element Resources present a check to Kathy Lenz which, in conjunction with additional donations, will be used to help the city defray costs for ambulance repairs. (Sarah Pridgeon photo)

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.”