The Wild Rose Shrine Club (Airdrie) has donated $1000 to Girl Guides Canada so a teenager can go on a trip she will remember for a long time.

The Wild Rose Club is a part of the Al Azhar Shriners of Southern Alberta which is headquartered in Calgary.  As Shriners, they support the Shriners Hospitals for Children which provides health care to children regardless of a family’s ability to pay, they currently have 22 locations in three countries. Local clubs fundraise to help support local kids with their adventures/trips or whatever is needed. You might have seen the Shriners in the tiny cars driving around in the Airdrie parades.

On Wednesday, the Shriners donated $1000 to a Grade 8 student from Drumheller, Molly Hamm, a second-year Pathfinder with Girl Guides Canada.

The funds are being used for an educational/fun trip out to Victoria in British Columbia where they will do all kinds of sightseeing and learn about the history and culture of the area.

"I'm really excited to go whale watching and go on the plane, it will be the first time I've ever been on a plane," explained Hamm.

Being from Drumheller, Molly explained the reason she learned about Airdrie's Shriners is because her grandparents live in Airdrie and said she should send them a letter asking for help.

"I'm very grateful that they were willing to help me otherwise I would not be able to go on the trip. I was surprised that they wanted to help."

Lisa Penzo, the leader of the trip and Pathfinder Ranger Leader is thankful that local organizations like the Shriners are willing to help youth with their endeavors.

"It provides opportunities for them to do something they may not otherwise have the chance to do and we wholeheartedly, greatly appreciate it."

Edward Jakubowsky with the Al Azhar Shriners talked about why they decided to donate.

"The biggest reward is the smile on the child. Knowing that she is going to do something that she will remember for a long time is why we do it.

The local Shriners hope they can be out in the community more and make more donations like this in the future.

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