Christmas came early for the Battlefords District Care Centre recently after members of the Canadian Legion of Riders (CLR) donated a cheque to enable the facility to purchase a new blood pressure machine.
Members of the CLR and district care supervisors were on hand as the purchase was rolled out on Wednesday afternoon.
“It means so much to know that our community is giving back to us," said Kathy Lee, facility manager for the care centre. “Very rarely do we have a lot of community involvement in long-term care. Other acute care facilities like the Battleford Union Hopsital have a foundation they can turn to get needs for their residents. The donation of the blood pressure machine gives our clients the comfort they deserve as well.”
The CLR was formed in 2006 when a group of eight men in the Battlefords formed a motorcycle group with a goal to raise money for veteran-related programs while having fun at the same time.
Jack Tatchell of the CLR told BattlefordsNow that his group supports groups like Royal Canadian Legion Branches, as well as the air and army cadets in the area.
“Health care facilities such as this mean a lot to us, because war veteran have been here or are still here. The Legion of Bikers just want to do our part to say 'thank you' for their service to our country,” said Tatchell.
The CLR is a non-profit group who raise funds year-round and donate all of the money they raise back to local communities.
“Each year we have a huge motorcycle rally with between 200 and 300 joining us from all over,” added Tatchell. “We also sell tickets on a small motorcycle ever year. Our members will be at malls, special events and trade shows meeting people and raising money for our projects.”
Tatchell also added that the CLR is very appreciative of the support of the local area merchants and citizens over the past 10 years.
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