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REPORTING · 4th August 2014
Walter McFarlane
There was a BBQ fundraiser for the Kitimat Youth Centre on Thursday, July 28th. It was hosted by Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen. Helping serve the food were Mayor Joanne Monaghan, The Kitimat RCMP and the Kitimat Fire Department, the latter of which were flipping the burgers.

“It’s to celebrate summer, see some old friends,” said Cullen. “Mostly though to raise awareness of some different charities and non-profit groups around town. Give them a little money.”

“The youth centre provides a safe place for kids to go and spend time. There are recreational activities which are planned daily so it’s something for them to do and for a lot of them, it’s become a second home. They go most of the days that we’re open,” said Lucy Borges.

Activities include trips to the pool, use of Riverlodge facilities and trips out of town. The hours of the youth centre are 6-10 on Wednesday/Thursday/Sunday. Friday and Saturday, they are open from 6-12.

Borges thanked everyone who put the BBQ together, the grocery stores who provided the food and the stores which provided the gifts.

Next year, the Youth Centre will pick which of the non-profit organizations in Kitimat will get to do BBQ.

“We like this pay it forward thing. A lot of non-profits, they don’t get to pay that forward sometimes so it becomes a circle around town of groups supporting groups and becoming more connected to one another because KYC will have to come out next year and help out, even though the money won’t go to them,” said Cullen.