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Victim Services program co-ordinator Helen Christensen shakes hands with Prince Albert Mopar Club president Chuck Boettcher after accepting a $1,200 cheque from the Mopar Club to the P.A. police Victim Services unit on Tuesday, as Const. Shawn Rowden looks on.
The Prince Albert Mopar Club continued its charitable tradition this week with a $1,200 donation to the Prince Albert police Victim Services unit.
Club president Chuck Boettcher presented the $1,200 cheque to Victim Services program co-ordinator Helen Christensen on Tuesday at the police station.
Funds for the donation come from revenue at the Mopar Club’s annual car show and barbecue, along with local organizations and businesses who help contribute to the club’s charitable causes.
“We’ve had … a relationship with the Prince Albert city police for several years now in conjunction with the Mopar show,” Boettcher said.
“We run the show and the city police officers run the barbecue, and so we thought it was a really good cause to donate whatever we make from these car shows to the good causes in Prince Albert.”
Past donations by the Mopar Club to the Prince Albert Police Service have gone to help fund the education program DARE, or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, which remains active in local schools.
Boettcher said that the chosen avenue for the club’s donations tends to arise following discussions with police officers about where the money would be most appreciated in a given year.
“We thought, ‘Well, the Prince Albert Victims Services unit could use some money, so we’ll put it there.’”
“With any of these programs -- the DARE program or anything like that … as long as we’re helping out with those things, we’re not really that fussy where the money goes, as long as it’s going within this organization to help the community.”
On behalf of the Victim Services unit, program co-ordinator Helen Christensen expressed her thanks to the Mopar Club for their donation.
“This money will go a long ways in assisting us to train volunteers to support victims of crime and traumatic events, and as well to assist victims with basic needs that they may fall short of having at this time of year,” Christensen said.
This money will go a long ways in assisting us to train volunteers to support victims of crime and traumatic events, and as well to assist victims with basic needs that they may fall short of having at this time of year. Helen Christensen
As an example of the former, she noted that Victim Services had begun training a new group of volunteers this week.
Such volunteers require security clearance and a high level of training. During the training process, the Mopar Club’s donation will help fund items ranging from information binders to parking space access for volunteers.
An added benefit, Christensen said, was that any donation the unit receives go towards assisting victims.
“Say it’s a domestic violence situation where maybe someone has needed to move out of their home and has no method of doing that, (and) needs some financial help in being able to assist them to relocate somewhere,” Christensen said as an example.
“Or maybe it’s to change locks on a house,” she added. “Or maybe it’s to provide a bus pass for someone who’s had a vehicle stolen on them and just hasn’t been able to get that back because they needed to get their families or themselves to school -- something of that nature.”
Accepting Christensen’s thanks on behalf of the Mopar Club, Boettcher invited residents to turn out for the group’s next car show, which will take place on the Anderson Chrysler lot sometime in August.
He added that the Mopar Club hopes to continue its relationship with the police service as well as its donations to various causes around the community.
“We really like to do it,” he said. “So everybody come out to our Mopar show when we have it and help us support these worthwhile programs.”