Benefit concert planned for refugees settling in City

Plans to bring a refugee family to Lacombe continue as members of the Lacombe Community Refugee Effort (LCRE) continue fundraising efforts.

Soon a Syrian family will be calling Lacombe home.

Plans to bring a refugee family to Lacombe continue as members of the Lacombe Community Refugee Effort (LCRE) continue fundraising efforts. A benefit concert to raise funds has been planned for the end of this month.

The community group received word last week, through the application process, a family of seven from Syria, currently living in a refugee camp in Lebanon will be resettling in Lacombe. The family includes a 30-year-old male, a 31-year-old female, a 10-year-old girl and four siblings ages five and under.

The LCRE consists of several community members, organizations and four church congregations. The small army will assist the family in all aspects of life including securing housing, giving rides, translation services, filling out forms, childcare and securing things like a bus pass.

The federal government estimates the cost of settling a single refugee to be around $12,000. The group estimates $35,000 will need to be raised to resettle the family of seven.

LCRE Co-Founder Betty Cruickshank said the group has been overwhelmed with support from the community so far. Donations of bedding, beds, clothing and other items have already rolled in. The group is currently accepting donations of large furniture items, like dressers. More information regarding other types of donations and the needs of the family will be available in the future.

The benefit concert is planned for Jan. 30th at 7:30 p.m. at Wolf Creek Community Church (located at Hwy. 12 and Wolf Creek Drive in Lacombe.)

Organizer Rod Vandaelle said 100% of the funds raised at the concert will go towards LCRE.

“It is a musical evening for the resettlement of a family from Syria to Lacombe, he said.

The evening will feature performances from Flat Iron Jazz, Randi Boulton, C.J. Berube, Kim Berube, Mattie Dewald and Flashback Freddie.

Groups or artists will play a few songs each. A table for donations will be set up along with a highly sought after silent auction item.

Tickets are $25 and are available at Sunny 94, the Mary C. Moore Public Library and from committee members.

Donation envelopes have also been distributed around Lacombe by the LCRE to assist in collecting funds. Envelopes can be found at the Mary. C. Moore Public Library and City Hall among other locations.

It is unknown at the time of publication exactly when the family will arrive.

For more information about the benefit concert contact Vandaelle at 403-782-1842. For more information about the community effort or to donate an item contact Cruickshank at 403-782-5357 or Marlene Ironside at 403-350-1753.

news@lacombeexpress.com

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lacombe’s Cilantro and Chive has ‘food on plates’ again

Dining room service opens within health guidelines

Alberta discussing early Stage 2 economic relaunch

Nineteen new COVID-19 cases confirmed by government Wednesday

Bentley School hosting digital grad to recognize accomplishments

School hoping to host traditional formal in the fall

Lacombe BBBS filling funding gap with Great Big Bottle Drop

Organization lost $30k in casino funding due to COVID-19

Israeli, Chinese policies ‘concern’ Canada, undermine freedom, says Trudeau

Israeli, Chinese policies ‘concern’ Canada, undermine freedom, says Trudeau

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The Lacombe Express covers the stories that matter to you and to our community

PODCAST: The Expert tackles the return of sports

Cam Moon, Joe Whitbread, Byron Hackett and Todd Vaughan discuss how sports can come back

Part II: Calkins says Canada can’t sustain long-term shutdown

Reopening Alberta now is a ‘difficult balancing question’

Former Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz joins Enbridge board of directors

Recently retired from head of the Canada’s central bank

PM joins third pandemic summit amid campaign for Security Council seat

Ensuring poor countries access to an eventual vaccine

Hydroxychloroquine does not prevent COVID after exposure to the virus: study

Hydroxychloroquine does not prevent COVID after exposure to the virus: study

Nunavut RCMP to consider body cameras as tension between police, Inuit grows

Nunavut RCMP to consider body cameras as tension between police, Inuit grows

Most Read