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Flags up for Rotary

Local club promotes temporary maple leafs as fundraiser, show of nationalism

By: Scott Hayes

  |  Posted: Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 06:00 am

FLYING MAPLE – The Rotary Club of St. Albert is taking on a flag program to raise money and express Canadian pride.
FLYING MAPLE – The Rotary Club of St. Albert is taking on a flag program to raise money and express Canadian pride.
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The Rotary Club of St. Albert is hoping to rally community spirit and encourage humanitarianism at the same time, all through the power of the maple leaf.

The club has recently taken on a promotion to install Canadian flags on three pre-assigned long weekends throughout the year.

“The purpose is one, to promote Canada a little bit,” chairperson Andre Charrois began.

“Second, it’s a fundraiser for the club … for the things that we want to support in St. Albert and a lot of the community programs that we do with the food bank, the music festivals, some of our international causes, a lot of different charitable groups right across St. Albert that we do help out with. We’re hoping to raise some good funds from it.”

The causes that the club supports locally also include the Salvation Army and Rotary Teacher of the Month. Internationally, it works toward the eradication of polio, Project HOPE, APU Malawi Girls’ School and the Rafiki Project.

Charrois added that this is a wonderful way to further the public perception of this city in light of the recent MoneySense magazine article that put St. Albert at the top ranking of places to live in the country.

“I think it’s a good time to promote St. Albert and Canada at the same time. My challenge to people is that I really want to light up the city with flags this summer and every summer thereafter. I’d like to see a thousand flags in St. Albert.”

“Let’s show our loyalty and pride in Canada.”

For $50, residents can have the flags put in place on their front lawns for the Victoria Day, Canada Day, and Labour Day long weekends. “The Rotarians will come in on a Thursday night before the weekend, plant a flag in your lawn. The flag is then removed on the following Tuesday,” he stated.

The program is not new but has been organized previously by a club in south Edmonton. This is the first year that the local club has taken on this promotion.

“I myself have been purchasing flags from the Strathcona club probably for the last five years now.”

People can also choose to place a flag as a gift to someone else.

For more information or to make an arrangement, please visit www.stalbertrotaryclub.com.


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