For the second year in a row, the Zed Haunted House fundraiser for BGC Red Deer and District has been postponed because of COVID-19. (Advocate file photo)

For the second year in a row, the Zed Haunted House fundraiser for BGC Red Deer and District has been postponed because of COVID-19. (Advocate file photo)

Zed Haunted House fundraiser in Red Deer postponed again because of COVID-19

Popular attraction could not be held in 2020 either

The annual Zed Haunted House fundraiser has been postponed again because of COVID-19.

The popular attraction is the primary fundraiser for BGC Red Deer and District (formerly Boys and Girls Clubs), generating more than $100,000 for its programs. This would have been the fundraiser’s 30th year.

“The nature of this event involves large number of people in an enclosed setting over a period of 14 days and would put considerable demands on the risk mitigations necessary to be able to conduct a safe event for everyone,” said organizers in a statement recently.

“After consultation with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the City of Red Deer it has been determined that hosting this event at this time may not be in the best interest with respect to the health and safety of our volunteers and the general public.”

“This decision (like last year) is a difficult one and will have a tremendous impact on our fundraisings. I applaud our committee for putting the health and safety of our youth, volunteers and general public first and foremost in their decision-making process,” said community engagement manager John Johnston in a statement.

“We will be conducting a variety of different activities to help raise some funds as well as appealing to our loyal supporters every year to consider contributing to Boys and Girls Club (BGC) by visiting youthhq.ca and donating.”

BGC Red Deer provides fun after school and out-of-school programs and activities to give young people the opportunities to develop their potential and achieve their dreams. BGC Red Deer and District was started in 1983, and currently serves over 1,300 youth in central Alberta.



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