Red Deer Safety City Society just got a $25,000 funding boost.
Red Deer Twilight Homes Foundation donated $15,000 and the Kiwanis Club of Red Deer gave $10,000.
Safety City opened in Red Deer more than 20 years ago. Its mission is to educate children in injury prevention.
Children aged four to 12 learn about pedestrian traffic safety, bicycle safety, fire and home safety animal bite prevention and other useful lessons.
“I was thrilled to learn we would be getting $25,000. It was like I could breathe again, knowing our organization would make it through this pandemic,” said Safety City executive director Amy Gardner.
“I have been here for five years now and could not imagine if we had to shut down, but we were close.”
“Thanks to these amazing donations, Safety City will live to educate thousands more children for many years to come.”
Three field trips per day for schools across central Alberta are hosted through May and June. The organization uses a classroom and simulated real world hands on experiences to enhance this learning. Safety-themed birthday parties and summer camps are also offered.
It is hoped summer programming will run once again this year, if health restrictions allow.
The donations will allow Safety City to maintain its place in Red Deer.
“It will sustain us while we are unable to bring in our usual sources of revenue,” said Gardner.
“The Kiwanis Club of Red Deer’s focus is supporting children. Safety City is a very important component of educating a well-rounded child,” said Milt Williams, Kiwanis Club president.
“Safety is their key message and this is something children will use for the rest of their life.”