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Pizza Hut donates Canada Day funds to Grace House, Salvation Army

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Pizza Hut contributed funds from their Canada Day food sales at the World’s Largest Dinosaur to two community services, the Salvation Army and Grace House. Pictured from left are Pizza Hut’s Tony Ibrahim, Chris McCleary, Alex Bagwell, Janessa McAuley, Nicholas Kelly, Jassen Smith, and David Davis. Both groups received $300 each.

Africa in the Valley to bring Drumheller continent’s best

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Drumheller will get a taste of Africa at the Africa in the Valley cultural event and fundraiser on Saturday, July 14, while also raising funds for treating two Zambian children with sickle cell disease.

The event will feature African dancers and food from across the continent and organizer Anthea Maseka says she’s excited to share different cultures with the community.

“We are really, really, excited about this and I’m excited to show off some of Africa’s best. It’s been quite a journey.”

The original idea centred around raising funds for two young children Maseka has been connected with from the central African country of Zambia, 10-year-old Lukumo and his eight-year-old sister Ntambo-Yana. The children have been living with sickle cell disease, a disorder in their blood, which has caused them to live through extreme pain, hospitalization, repeated blood transfusions, and near death experiences.

Maseka learned of a recent treatment which can cure the disease and immediately began looking at ways to fund the treatment, which requires a bone marrow transplant costing upwards of $30,000 for each child. Their siblings are a match for donation and now only the funds are needed to move ahead with the procedure.

Maseka approached Mayor Heather Colberg who suggested the fundraiser evolve into an African cultural event, something Drumheller has not enjoyed before.

Dancers representing south, central, and west African countries will be performing at the banquet which will feature traditional African dishes like curries. There will also be dance workshops for those interested in learning African dances. Jewellery, clothing, and crafts will be for sale at the event, with proceeds contributing to the fundraiser.

Tickets are available via the organizer’s Eventbrite page or at The Brick and SJ Fashions. The event runs from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Saturday, July 14 at the Badlands Community Facility.

Carbon revives soap box derby

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Carbon hosted their first soapbox car derby in 20 years on Saturday, June 30.
    Crowds gathered at Essex Street on Saturday morning to watch over 30 racers compete in the event which was revived by the Carbon Legion and the community. The last race happened in 1997.
    Carbon Legion president Kim Starchuk said they were expecting four or five competitors but were blown away by the interest in the event. She says some funds were used from a former skate park committee which disbanded and the idea of hosting a soapbox derby were floating in the community.
    “So we said if there was interest then we’d do it. Based on the turnout we will absolutely be doing this again next year,” Starchuck said.
    “You’re really seeing all kinds of things that people come up with,” said volunteer Brian McHugh. “We have dads here who are 30 or 40 and are telling their kids that they did this when they were young. It’s awesome.”
    Three cars which were run in the original derbys in the 90s were brought out of storage for the event.
    Carbon mayor Bryan Peever participated in the event and also made cars for participants who did not have the means to make their own.

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