District 7 firefighters donate to WCDR

DUNROBIN – The Dunrobin fire station had some visitors from District 7 last Wednesday, (April 17) and they brought cash.

The Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) District 7 presented a cheque in the amount of $2,570.38 to West Carleton Disaster Relief – their fundraising efforts from Firefighter Day held June 1, 2018.

District 7 is a rural district similar to District 6 in the west. District 7 is comprised of three stations located in Vars, Navan and Cumberland.

District 7 Capt. Mathieu Desjardins and Lt. Anthony VanMunsteren presented the cheque on behalf of District 7 to WCDR co-chair Greg Patacairk at the Dunrobin fire station (Station 66) in front of several OFS personal from both districts as well as Coun. Eli El-Chantiry.

Every year the District 7 firefighters host a fundraising barbecue at the Cumberland Heritage Museum. The donation also included funds raised from the District 7 Appreciation Banquet, bing and a 50/50 draw.

“I want to thank you, and not just for this cheque, but for serving our community and doing all that you do,” Coun. El-Chantiry said. “We’ll put this money to good use.”

From left, District 6 Chief Bill Bell and Coun. Eli El-Chantiry receive a donation from the Men's Ministry's Ken Stewart. Courtesy El-Chantiry
From left, District 6 Chief Bill Bell and Coun. Eli El-Chantiry receive a donation from the Men’s Ministry’s Ken Stewart. Courtesy El-Chantiry

The Saturday before (April 13) the Fitzroy Harbour Men’s Ministry also donated to WCDR.

During the group’s breakfast meeting at Bethel St. Andrew’s United Church, the men’s group presented a cheque of $300 to WCDR via Coun. El-Chantiry and Chief Bell. The two were guests of the Men’s Ministry to talk about how the Dunrobin, Kinburn and surrounding residents have been affected by the tornado and the help they have received as well as the future plans for the community.