For the 11th-straight year, several local groups and service clubs—with the aim of helping youth and families—were given a funding boost as the Town of Fort Frances announced the recipients of this year’s Moffat Family Fund.
A total of $37,500 was doled out to 12 recipients during Monday night’s council meeting.
The largest amount—$9,800—went to the Sunny Cove Camp Advisory Committee to improve the camp by replacing the kitchen appliances for health and safety reasons, as well as providing playground equipment that’s up to code for the campers.
The local Salvation Army received $5,900 to help reach its goal of providing proper footwear to students who cannot afford them.
“Many children are going to school with old, ill-fitting, and/or falling apart shoes or boots,” noted Lt. Dennis Maybury.
“Proper footwear should not be looked at as a luxury item some families can’t afford, but as a necessity for all students,” he stressed.
The committee added a provision that the shoes must be purchased locally.
In addition, Northern Community Development Services (NCDS) and the St. Mary’s Youth Groups each received $2,900.
NCDS will use the funds to continue the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival, which is taking place here July 1.
St. Mary’s Youth Groups, meanwhile, will use the money to replace a broken sound system they use in their programs year-round.
“A new system will help us in continuing to help youth in our community grow in their musical abilities,” the group noted in its application.
“We will be using the equipment at our summer camps, at the Festival of Performing Arts, and during our year-round programs,” it added.
Rainy Lake Air Cadet Squadron #908 and the Fort Frances Community Garden each received $2,400 from the Moffat Family Fund.
The Rainy River District campus of Confederation College was presented $2,300 to continue summer camps there for youths aged 11-15.
Other recipients included Kitchen Creek Golf Club Inc. ($2,000), the Fort Frances Highlanders ($1,900), and Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child & Family Services ($1,900).
Rounding out this year’s recipients were the Friends of KidSport ($1,700) and the OPP Youth Foundation ($1,400).