Members of Lacombe Victims Services helped put on a barbecue at Lacombe Ford to raise funds for their ongoing operations. Todd Colin Vaughan/Lacombe Express

Lacombe Ford BBQ supports Lacombe Victims Services

Money raised goes to help train volunteer advocates

Lacombe Ford recently held a fundraising barbecue for Lacombe Victims Services.

Debbie Barron, Lacombe Victims Services program manager, said they were happy to help put on the event after they were approached by Lacombe Ford earlier this year.

“They donated everything for us today and we appreciate them to the moon and back. They are fabulous community sponsors,” she said.

Money raised from the event goes to support Victims Services ongoing operations.

“We are a volunteer-based unit, so we use the money to keep our volunteer advocates highly trained,” Barron said. “Victims Services is a police-based unit, so 99.9 per cent of our referrals come from the police and we assist people in the community who have been victimized by crime.

“We help people who have dealt with break and enters, we help with restitution, we help assault victims and we help domestic violence victims.”

Barron was pleased to say that Victims Services is currently operating at full capacity for volunteers.

“We just hired four brand new volunteers and they have just finished their training,” she said. “Right now, our goal is to get those new ladies up and going, where they are confident enough to go on calls with our senior advocates. We have a good group of board members who are volunteers as well.

“We work with a great police force and and a wonderful community.”

Barron said they are always taking donations to help support victims of crime in Lacombe.

“Whatever you would like to donate, we are fine with. Any gratuity is perfectly fine and appreciated,” she said.

Barron also wanted to thank Lacombe Ford for their ongoing support.

“A few years back, we did the Drive One Away event with Lacombe Ford and we were the recipients of the funds, which was voted on by the community,” she said. “It was so much fun — there was ball hockey and there was test drives. It was a great day and we are happy they did this today for us.”

She added, “We had our Victims Services Gala back on May 25th and there was huge community support. We are very grateful for being in a giving and caring community.”

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