Earlier this month, the Brandon and District Shrine Club presented a cheque for $17,000 to Khartum, the provincial Shrine office, to be used to provide transportation costs to patients who attend one of the Shrine Hospitals for treatment. Attending the presentation were (L-R): Noble Rick Holberg, Khartum Divan Chief Rabban; Noble Bart Hawkins of Brandon, Khartum Deputy Chief of Staff Emeritus; Noble Andrew Skene, Potentate and CEO Khartum Shriners, who came from Kenora to receive the cheque; Noble Ross Mann, president of the Brandon and District Shrine Club and Noble Terry Metcalf, vice-president of the Brandon club.
The Brandon and District Shrine Club holds an annual fundraiser called the Circus Daddy program, which raises money to help defray transportation costs for families taking their children for treatment at one of 22 Shrine hospitals throughout North America.
Shrine hospitals for children provide specialized treatment in orthopedics, burn care, cleft lip and palate as well as spinal cord injuries.
Often the treatment is not available locally, and with the one Canadian Shrine hospital in Montreal, one in Mexico and the remainder throughout the United States, transportation can be prohibitive.
Under the Circus Daddy program, members of the Brandon and District Shrine Club contact businesses and individuals in and around Brandon for donations.
All donors are given a plaque acknowledging their original donation and a Fez plate to go on the plaque for each year of a donation.
Over the years, several Westman children have benefited from this worthwhile program.
The Brandon Shriners are part of Shriners International, and are a club within the Manitoba Temple, or chapter, known as Khartum.
Funds raised by the Brandon Shriners are sent to Khartum to support their transportation budget, which is more than $200,000 per year.
The Brandon club would like to thank all the donors for their generous support. This year marked another very successful campaign in which the club presented a cheque for $17,000 to Potentate Andrew Skene, CEO for Khartum.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 24, 2013