Optimist Club of Red Deer donates to youth shelter

The Optimist Club of Red Deer has donated more than $1,800 to the 49th Street Youth Shelter.

Seventeen teams of six participated from around central Alberta in the virual “Wine Survivor” event, with the final draw taking place Tuesday.

“With our current challenges, between reduced capacity as a result of COVID-19 and an increased need for outreach opportunities, the funds raised will help us continue to provide the supports we need for youth in crisis in our community,” said Rob Lewis, executive director of Youth HQ, which facilitates operations for the shelter.

The shelter continues to be open 24/7 for youth aged 12 to 17 years old. It currently has space for seven youth under the two-metre physical distancing rules for shelters in the province.

“Anytime that we can be supportive in providing youth a safe place to call home is important to us,” said Optimist Club governor Les Trevor.

“We will continue to work together with the community to ensure Red Deer youth have what they need to grow and prosper.”

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