PORT HARDY—Fresh from hosting the hugely successful RCMP Musical Ride on August 7, Port Hardy Rotarians were back in a more familiar saddle last week: supporting local causes.
The Musical Ride, which drew an estimated 2,000 spectators to Storey’s Beach for the world renowned equestrian display, raised approximately $9,000 which will all be reinvested into community projects. The first of the disbursements took place last Thursday at Eagle Ridge Manor.
The Rotary combined with Marine Harvest to present a $2,000 cheque to staff there for development of the residents’ garden.
The garden, at the rear of the facility, provides a safe and much-needed outdoor sanctuary for the residents there and includes a gazebo, flower beds and raised gardens.
The funds will go towards the upkeep and improvement of the gardens.
Marine Harvest had raised $1,600 from its salmon barbecue at the equestrian event which the Rotary rounded up by adding $400.
The purpose of the balance of the money raised at the Musical Ride is still to be finalized although $1,000 has been earmarked for the Fort Rupert Curling Club.
From the remainder, a portion will go to the planned Rotary Playground upgrade beside the Visitor and Information Centre in Port Hardy while the rest will help fund other upcoming community projects.