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Tla'amin Fire Department exceeds Movember funding goal

Firefighters raise funds for annual campaign with help from the community
Tla’amin Fire Department firefighters [from left] Brandon Harry, Lydia Line, Linzy Elliott, Matthew Zastre and Jim Armstrong were busy preparing meals on November 29, while fire chief Byron Harry [not pictured] and firefighter Jared Tom [not pictured], were out making the deliveries in snowy conditions.

Tla’amin Fire Department raised more than $1,750, beating its goal of $1,000, for the Movember 2022 fundraising campaign.

“We would like to thank the Tla’amin Nation social development department for the donations and use of equipment provided, FreshCo and staff for their help and competitive pricing, all the community members who made this possible, those who donated to the fire boot at the Tla’amin Nation Governance House, who ordered the spaghetti to-go dinner and braved the weather for pickup, and people who just donated to support,” said firefighter Linzy Elliott. “Together we can make a difference and save lives. All proceeds go toward mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer research. Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects globally. We couldn’t have done it without all your support. ʔimot!”

During the big snow fall on Tuesday, November 29, Tla’amin fire chief Byron Harry and firefighter Jared Tom were out delivering meals to elders and those who couldn’t pick them up due to weather.

“They got all the meals delivered on time and assisted people who were stuck or in the ditch while they were out making deliveries in the community,” said Elliott. “Heartfelt, great community event, maybe even felt more so because of the weather."

Elliott also wanted to send a big thank-you to the firefighters and community members who made the fundraiser possible.