The community and the Kenora Makwa Patrol came together this week to raise funds and work towards the replacement of much-needed lifesaving equipment for the area.
The Makwa Patrol and Ogimaawabiitong (Kenora Chiefs Advisory)’s Summer Co-op students held a fundraising carwash and barbecue at Crystal Clean Carwash on July 27, as staff continue collecting donations to replace the battery of Makwa’s Automated External Defibrillator.
Also known as an AED, the portable device can assist those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest and would be used by trained members of the Kenora Makwa Patrol in emergency situations.
“We need an AED battery,” explains the Manager of the Kenora Makwa Patrol, Marshall Hardy.
“Unfortunately, the one that we had was taken from our van. When we got it back from the OPP, there was no battery in it. If there’s anyone in trouble, having a heart attack or having distress, we need that AED. It’s very important,” Hardy adds.
Staff and students were also collecting donations of blankets and other much-needed supplies for those in need in the community, as well as monetary donations.
A barbecue was held for the community to come and enjoy at lunch, as well as the chance to speak with the patrol about the work they do.
“We fundraise all year round and try to get stuff for blankets and clothing, whatever people can donate for that,” Hardy notes. “And we always buy socks, hats, mitts – whatever we can get to prepare for the winter. Winter is coming fast.”
Donations to the Kenora Makwa Patrol can be arranged at any time by calling 807-464–7233. Hardy says the most needed items include warm clothes, socks, shoes, non-perishable food items and blankets.
Ogimaawabiitong and the Kenora Makwa Patrol say Miigwetch to all those who came out and supported this important initiative for the community! We are always so grateful for the many partnerships we have across the community and the City of Kenora and are appreciative of all the support.
Kenora Makwa Patrol is a community-driven, culturally safe grassroots initiative that is committed to promoting and providing safety to individuals within the City of Kenora. The Patrol is a visible point of contact for vulnerable populations to connect to services that support their well-being. Following the 7 Grandfather teachings, the Patrol builds strong relationships within the community based on respect and understanding.