With Remembrance Day just around the corner, it just doesn’t seem right that Kamloops Army, Navy and Sea cadets could find themselves out in the cold — literally.
After failing to secure $4,000 in emergency funding from City council earlier this week, as many as 150 cadets face the prospect of losing the use of their Briar Avenue meeting hall simply because the building’s furnace needs replacing.
Wayne Corbin, who was commanding officer of the Army Cadets a number of times over the past 30 years, said the original idea was to secure $4,000 from the City and then apply for matching federal funds to pay for the heater.
The chilly response from council put that idea on ice.
The Daily News has decided to help out the best way it can — by raising awareness and collecting money on the cadets’ behalf. We’ve even started the fundraising campaign off with a $200 donation of our own.
Problem is, the deadline for the application is Nov. 15, so time is of the essence.
If you’d like to help out and warm up the winter for youngsters between the ages of 12 and 18, you can drop off a donation at our offices at 393 Seymour St.
The amount of money the cadets need is relatively small, but having a functioning furnace will make a big difference to the kids and allow them to stay in the hall for the winter season.