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July 24, 2017 3:49 am

Wilson Square Market Aids Fire Evacuees

Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 10:43 AM

Wilson Square Farmers Market President Amanda Coe (foreground) with volunteer baguette-makers serving contributors in background. Photo 250News

Prince George, B.C. – The vendors who make up the Wilson Square Community Farmers Market are doing some special things to help residents of the Cariboo who have been upended by the wildfires ravaging that region of the province.

Market President Amanda Coe says “what we’re doing today is a grilled salmon and scrambled egg breakfast baguette for people.  Its by donation but we do kind of ask that its a minimum of $5.00.  We’re putting it on for the evacuees and the money will be donated to one of the charitable organizations that is helping the evacuees out.”

She says the market is still deciding whether the money will be directed to the Salvation Army of the Red Cross as “both are really prominent.  AIMHI is also a possibility because they’re not as prominent and their funding is probably a little less.  Once we gather up the cash we’re going to be going and handing them a pile of money, hopefully.”

As well, Coe says “some of the individual vendors have taken it upon themselves to give part of their profits to a charitable donation but that’s not connected with the market proper, it’s them doing it on their own individual basis because some of them have specific organizations that they would like to donate to.”

Coe says in all probability this will not be a one-off.  “if the evacuees are still here we’d have to apply for licensing through the government to do 50/50 draws or anything like that but yes, we do have ideas percolating as to what we can do as the situation continues.”

“We would like to, every weekend if we could as long as the situation continues, do some kind of a fundraiser for them.”

The Wilson Square Community Farmers Market operates from 8:30 am to 2 pm each Saturday next to the Native Friendship Centre on Third Avenue.

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