Kitwanga Fundraises For New Ambulance Station

Marek Tkach

A brand new ambulance station could soon be on the way to the community of Kitwanga.

This year's Humpy Run festival which took place over the weekend, included a wild salmon race, a silent auction, and barbeque.

All the proceeds from the event are being put towards a new ambulance facility.

The current ambulance station is an old forestry building, and community members recognized the need for a new building years ago.

"We started four years ago with contacting BC Emergency Health Services to have them take note of the need here. We've had meetings with Doug Donaldson our MLA, and the Super Indendant with Emergency Health Services to highlight that this is needed and to get the word out so that we can try and raise our goal of one- hundred thousand dollars of equity that our community can put into it." Said one of the organizer's of the fundraiser, Cathy Morgan.

Once their goal is raised, they intend to apply for additional funding in hopes the facility can be constructed over the next couple of years.

As the mining industry expands, Morgan expects work to pick up for the ambulance station which also serves communities as far as Stewart, and Dease Lake.

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