Lac-Mégantic fundraiser nets $2,000

Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula will be contributing to the relief efforts in Lac-Mégantic thanks to a fundraiser held earlier this month

Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula will be contributing over $2,000 to the relief efforts in Lac-Mégantic thanks to a fundraiser held earlier this month.

Kenny Podmore organized the event dubbed Canadians Helping Canadians. It took place Sept. 1 in Beacon Park and featured live music from Mufaro, Marco Nostic, Tristan Thompson and Old Black Rum.

“We were able to raise a total of $2,727.82,” said Podmore.

“I was really pleased to see it was such a great success. It was simply just a wonderful afternoon and I want to thank everyone who supported it.”

The community of Lac-Mégantic was devastated by a train derailment and explosion in early July. Forty-seven people were killed and much of the town’s centre was destroyed.

“The loss of so many citizens has left a hole in families and relationships as well as in the community. The destruction of the area around the train track will be a physical scar that will be a long time in healing but with the help of all around us we will be healing and rebuilding. On behalf of the community of Lac-Mégantic, please accept our heartfelt thanks for all you are doing for us,” said a letter from the town’s Mayor, Colette Roy.

The donations received through the fundraiser will now be sent to Roy accompanied with a video that contains greetings from Sidney.