A cross-sector of Wood Buffalo, including children, families, and community agencies, were present at ‘Get Involved Wood Buffalo’ on Saturday, September 14th at MacDonald Park. Hundreds of residents made their way through the Nexen Field Houses to partake in all the free activities, including community registration, bouncy castles, face painting, and a passport scavenger hunt.
“We are thrilled with the turn out of this event,” said Chantal Beaver, Executive Director of Fuse Social. “It was a great way for the individuals and families in attendance to learn about different agencies and volunteer opportunities throughout our region.”
Agencies that registered for a booth at the event were invited to attend a pre-event breakfast and workshop hosted by Fuse Social. Visitors to the event were able to grab a passport, which required them to visit different booths, and learn more about the wonderful organizations. All of those who completed the passport were entered to win a variety of prizes, generously donated by local businesses.
Get Involved Wood Buffalo was also the location of the United Way campaign kick-off. The 9-week campaign will set out to raise $5 million according to Ken Sandmoen, 2019 Community Campaign Chair.
“The 2019 Campaign is about supporting our 25 agencies in their efforts to tackle the UNIGNORABLE issues in our region,” said Sandmoen. “A $5 million goal reflects what is required by our agencies to continue with the fundamental work they do in our community.”
All of the day’s festivities were a result of a partnership between the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo, Wood Buffalo Sport Connection, United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo and Fuse Social.