Refugee fund reaches $21,000


The Kincardine Refugee Committee reported Monday that it has received $19,802 in cash and pledges.


Part of the big increase in funds this week comes from the commitments of two of the churches on the committee.


Rev. Kathy Fraser of Knox Presbyterian Church said Monday that she had just heard about additional donations of $500, $100 and $200 and another $600 in pledges. That brings the total raised and pledged to $21,202.


 Members of the refugee steering committee are Knox, Kincardine United Church, Pine River United Church, St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, Kincardine Baptist Church and Kincardine Islamic Centre.


 The committee will apply for a refugee family under the Blended Visa Office Program. The federal government has already approved the Presbyterian Church of Canada for this program.


Under the Blended Visa Office Program, the committee pays $17,000 of the $27,000 needed to sponsor a family of four for a year. The federal government provides the other $10,000.


The committee is hoping that it will be able to raise enough money to bring in a second refugee family.


People who wish to donate can make cheques payable to: Knox Presbyterian Church – Refugees. They can be sent to: Knox Presbyterian Church, Attention Refugee Fund, 345 Durham St., Kincardine, On N2Z 1Y6.


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