July 16, 2012
Roadbuilders support youth with hospital and scholarship donations
BC ROAD BUILDERS AND HEAVY CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION
The B.C. Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association has more than 230 member companies involved in various aspects of roadbuilding, road maintenance and heavy construction.
Of course, with so many member companies representing different sectors, the association often has to balance everyone’s priorities/interests.
However, the entire association always agrees on the importance of giving back to the community.
This is why every year, the association raises money and supports several community groups.
The B.C. Road Builders held its 43rd Annual Ivan Hanchard Charity Golf Tournament at Northview Golf and Country Club on May 4.
Every year, this popular golf tournament sells out with fivesomes on both courses.
The golfers, as well as guests, participated in an entertaining fundraising dinner with both silent and live auctions.
Through members’ sponsorship of prizes and hole contests, the B.C. Road Builders raised $35,150.
For the past several years, all funds raised have been donated to two great causes.
The B.C. Children’s Hospital Be A Superhero hospital expansion campaign received a $30,150 donation.
Since 2001, the roadbuilders have donated more than $290,000 to this great charity that helps sick kids in B.C. make speedy recoveries.
The association also contributed $5,000 to the association’s Betty Spalton Scholarship Fund, which supports individuals wishing to enter the roadbuilding and heavy construction industry.
The roadbuilders have awarded one or two scholarships every year since setting up the program in 1999.
It is in honour of the late Betty Spalton, an important industry/association supporter.
The association’s contractor members are also actively involved in various community enhancement projects in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as local initiatives within all of the different service areas.
Some of these projects include:
Sponsoring local sports teams and scholarships/bursaries;
Rehabilitating sports facilities, paving tennis/basketball, and helping build baseball fields;
Sponsoring litter collection groups/garden revitalization projects;
Doubling parking lot areas for local ski spots;
Sponsoring local fairs/exhibits;
Selling cookbooks to support Heart & Stroke Foundation;
Colouring/activity books for local schools/hospitals which promote safety and services of the industry; and
Supporting various charities such as Ronald McDonald House, Easter Seals, B.C. Cancer Agency, Scouts Canada and much more.
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