Meaford Rotary donates to ATV Fund

Posted On Thursday December 05, 2019
ATV Rotary Cheque Presentation
Rotary Club President Sonja Glass (far left) and Rotary newcomer Cheryl Geonanga present a cheque to Fire Chief John deHooge (far right) and Fire Prevention Officer Mike French

In a show of community support, the Meaford Rotary Club has made a donation of $5,410 towards the purchase of an All-Terrain Vehicle for the Meaford and District Fire Department.

Fundraising has been ongoing by the Fire Department for an ATV that will allow firefighters to access remote emergencies, transport injured patients, and fight fires on trails or farmland that is not easily accessible by road.

The full cost of the purchase is estimated at $60,000. The vehicle will be specially fitted with a skid pack designed to transport injured patients and extinguish fires, and includes the cost of a trailer to transport the ATV. It is expected to be in use by the spring of 2020.

 “Our local community organizations have really come together to support this project” said Fire Chief John deHooge. “This contribution by the Rotary Club assists our efforts to fight fires and protect lives and property in all corners of the Municipality of Meaford.”

“We are so pleased to be supporting emergency services in Meaford” said Rotary Club President Sonja Glass, who presented the cheque with their newest member, Cheryl Geonanga. “We know how important the golden hour is after an emergency”.

This generous $5,410 donation brings the fundraising total to $37,080.

The Meaford and District Fire Department is still accepting donations towards the ATV until December 31st, 2019. For more information or to donate online, visit www.meaford.ca/ATV.

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