Gaming grants for local groups

Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue Society and Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association receive funds.

The Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue Society was one of two groups receiving provincial gaming grants.

The Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue Society (CFVSAR) has received $60,000 from provincial gaming funds.

The money will be used for ground and inland water search and rescue.

CFVSAR president Lee Holeczek said the organization is thankful for the support.

“This grant money will be used to purchase essential life-saving equipment and provide our members with the necessary training needed to keep themselves safe and provide the best possible outcome for the subjects of our operations,” he said.

Also recently receiving a gaming grant – in the amount of $70,000 – was the Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association, which will use the funds for a mentoring and restorative justice program.

The grants were awarded under the public safety category, which supports public safety initiatives along with disaster relief and emergency preparedness, such as restorative justice projects and search and rescue programs.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants.

For more information, visit gaming.gov.bc.ca.