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Community Links celebrated Valentine’s Day with radiothon

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 11:28 am

North Rocky View Community Links staff members Tara Pollard, Laurie Jacob-Toews and Kaitlyn Tyrell stand in front of Community Links, located in downtown Airdrie, after last year's radiothon. The organization received more than $20,000 from the 2013 radio fundraiser. The goal for this  year's fundraiser
North Rocky View Community Links staff members Tara Pollard, Laurie Jacob-Toews and Kaitlyn Tyrell stand in front of Community Links, located in downtown Airdrie, after last year's radiothon. The organization received more than $20,000 from the 2013 radio fundraiser. The goal for this year's fundraiser "Give from the Heart" is $30,000.
File Photo / Rocky View Publishing

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North Rocky View Community Links (NRVCL) is gearing up for the second annual Give From the Heart Radiothon on Feb. 14.

“It’s just a great way to stay connected in the community and to give back to the community,” said Laurie Jacob-Toews, community development services manager for Community Links.

The organization offers counselling, family resources, outreach and community development services to Airdrie and north Rocky View residents including Irricana, Beiseker, Crossfield and surrounding areas. Organizers for the event are hoping to raise $30,000 to help support the programs and services the organization offers.

“We kind of touch everyone in the community,” Jacob-Toews said of the services Community Links offers, adding the organization has services for everyone from youth to seniors.

On Valentine’s Day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., local radio station Air 106.1 FM will feature NRVCL staff, volunteers, community partners and individuals who have accessed Community Links programs and services, as they speak about the difference the organization has made in the community.

“Being able to hear stories of the individuals and families we have been able to assist is very rewarding,” said Community Links Executive Director Brenda Hume in a press release. “We feel fortunate that people are willing to share their stories of how our programs and services have made a difference for them.”

Donations for the radiothon can be made by calling the radio station at 403-217-1061 on Feb. 14, or visiting them in person at 105 Main St. during radiothon hours, or by calling Community Links at 403-945-3900 or 1-866-945-3905. Online donations can be made at www.nrvcl.ab.ca

The day will also include live music from local SLAM artists and hourly draws.

New this year, Drizzzles Candy Store has provided Community Links with chocolate hearts that are for sale at both ATB Financial locations and at the Sierra Springs Scotiabank location. The hearts sell for $3 for one or two for $5 and are available this week only.

Supporters can also send a Sing-O-Gram to their Valentine for $25. The purchase includes a single red rose delivered to that special someone who is then serenaded by a talented local SLAM artist. A limited number of Sing-O-Grams are available and can be booked by calling Community Links at 403-945-3900 or 1-866-945-3905.

“They’re so much fun,” Jacob-Toews said of the Sing-o-Grams.

Local businesses can get involved by issuing a Corporate Challenge to other businesses. The Corporate Challenge involves one business or organization making a donation and then issuing a challenge to other similar businesses to match or beat the donation.

Businesses can also sponsor the event for an hour for $500, which allows the business a 60-second interview and three mentions of the business over the hour.

Community Links is also accepting donations of products or services to be auctioned off, given away as an hourly prize, or as part of the grand prize draws.

Last year’s inaugural event raised more than $23,000, which helped Community Links support over 12,000 individuals and families in 2013.

For more information, visit www.nrvcl.ab.ca


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