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Rock Solid Refuge has rock solid fundraiser

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Guest speaker and former Rock Solid Refuge student Ty Thibault addresses the audience at the 9th annual banquet and auction fundraiser in Swift Current, March 22. Guest speaker and former Rock Solid Refuge student Ty Thibault addresses the audience at the 9th annual banquet and auction fundraiser in Swift Current, March 22.

The 9th annual banquet and auction fundraiser for Rock Solid Refuge in Swift Current took place at the Legion Hall, March 22.

 

The event was attended by about 200 people, who enjoyed a good meal and showed their support for Rock Solid Refuge with active bidding during the live auction by local auctioneer Donnie Peacock.

Two speakers shared powerful messages during the evening. Former student Ty Thibault spoke about the difference that Rock Solid Refuge made to put his life on a new path.

The keynote speaker  was “Jungle Jim” Hunter, who was a member of the “Crazy Canucks” Canadian men's alpine ski team. He grew up on a farm near Shaunavon and represented Canada at two Winter Olympic Games in 1972 and 1976. He became the first Canadian male skier to win a world championship medal when he received a bronze medal in 1972. He spoke about his career and his involvement with Rock Solid Refuge. He emphasized the importance of acts of selflessness that can make a real difference in the lives of others.

Rock Solid Refuge also held a successful inaugural banquet and auction fundraiser in Shaunavon on March 21 that was attended by about 100 people. The two fundraising events raised a total of $87,000 for the faith-based program that provides support in a structured environment for teenage boys who are struggling with life-controlling issues.

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Matthew Liebenberg

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