Knights of Columbus make significant donation to MADD

By Teena Monteleone
November 17, 2017 - 8:00am

There will soon be more trained volunteers to support victims of impaired driving in Prince Albert thanks to a major donation by the Knights of Columbus.

The Prince Albert founder and co-chair, Kerry Swallow made a cheque presentation to MADD Prince Albert for $12,892.58. The money was raised during the organization's 2017 Golf Classic with MADD last July. 

“We couldn’t believe the people who were stepping up to the plate to support us,” Swallow said. “The cause itself is on everybody’s mind today and putting the funds towards MADD was also a passion of mine. I spent 27 years with the RCMP, so you know what my stand is on impaired driving.”

Prince Albert MADD president Trina Cockle said the money will be used to train additional volunteers to support impaired driving victims. Every year, MADD Canada provides free services to 20,000 victims or survivors of impaired driving across the country.

“We have one trained victim support volunteer in the city. She is actually the director of victim support for the area,” Cockle said. “This money will help us get more training together.”

Cockle said support for MADD in the community has been growing because people are buying in to the program and its messaging.

“I think it's because so many people realize how big of a problem impaired driving is in our city,” she said.

In addition to the cheque presentation to MADD, the Knights of Columbus Prince Albert also presented the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group with a certificate of appreciation for being the official media sponsor of the golf fundraising event.

Next year’s Golf Classic will take place in Meadow Lake.


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