Donations sought for Eckville family benefit

A day of fun in support of a good cause is being planned to take place at Eckville Community Centre Apr. 12

A day of fun in support of a good cause is being planned to take place at Eckville Community Centre Apr. 12, and residents of Eckville, Sylvan Lake and beyond are being invited to attend.

The event, which will feature live and silent auctions, is being held in support of Rhondi Staples in a bid to help her recover from cancer.

She was diagnosed with cervical cancer in September of last year, and it’s since spread throughout her body.

Now, after doctors said she cannot fly due to medication she’s taking, her family are facing potentially extensive road travel to continue her treatments and seek further advice.

Friends of the Eckville-based Staples family have been working hard to organize the event, and are aiming to see as much money as possible raised.

“We just figured that we would get together and try and raise some money to help out in any way that we can,” said Rhonda Miller, who’s co-organizing the event with Amber Vick.

Both Miller and Vick work with Phil Staples, Rhondi’s husband, at Newalta, and are gathering as much community support as they can.

So far, they’ve received as a donation the rental of the community centre, and they’re hoping to receive many more donations in the days and weeks leading up to the event.

At press time, exact details of the event hadn’t been confirmed, but Miller said they would be released as they become available.

In addition to live and silent auctions, other activities at the family-oriented fundraiser may include face painting, a petting zoo and a raffle table.

Organizers are accepting donations of any kind that may be auctioned or raffled off.

Cash donations are also being accepted.

To donate an item or money that will support the Staples family, contact Rhonda Miller at rmiller@newalta.com, or Amber Vick at avick@newalta.com. Both can be reached by phoning 403-746-2092.

 

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