Thirty brave souls stepped off the edge of the Lethbridge Centre tower last Wednesday for a good cause.
They were part of the Make a Wish Southern Alberta Rope for Hope campaign, raising close to $40,000 to grant local wishes.
This was the first time the Rope for Hope event was held in the city. The Make a Wish fundraiser is a unique challenge event where participants who were able to raise $1,500 or more had an opportunity to rappel down all 11 storeys of Lethbridge Centre.
“Being a first-year event, we were really happy we’ve seen such excitement and such interest,” said Kim Anthony, CEO for Make a Wish Southern Alberta.
“We’re planning for next year already.”
Anthony said the group was on pace to hit their mark for $40,000 raised. That money will stay in southern Alberta to help make local wishes come true.
Navigators to help addicts
Trained “navigators” will be hired to help drug addicts find treatment in Alberta’s hard-hit cities.
Working from Native Friendship Centres in Lethbridge and three more centres, they’ll attempt to connect users to harm-reduction services, treatment and rehabilitation.
Workshops, naloxone training and educational material will also be provided in 21 other communities, says Health Minister Sarah Hoffman.
“We need to do everything we can to help people receive greater access to health services for substance abuse without facing cultural barriers or stigma,” she says.
The new initiative — part of the government’s $63-million response to the opioid crisis — will build on the work of the Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Centre and its counterparts across Alberta.
National honours for Coulee Brew
Two beers crafted in Lethbridge have won national awards.
Coalbanks Porter and Red Coat Trail Ale, products of locally owned Coulee Brew Ltd., topped their categories during a recent Canada-wide competition in Halifax.
Coulee was the only Alberta brewery to win gold at this year’s Canadian Brewing Awards, points out the company’s new chief executive officer, Esmaralin Rauda. Judges awarded silver or bronze to several others.
The competition is open to all breweries with majority Canadian ownership, organizers say. Foreign-owned companies including Labatt and Molson, along with their regional brands like Alexander Keith and Okanagan Springs, are not involved.
Lethbridge-brewed Red Coat Trail, an amber-coloured ale, carries aromas of carmel and North American hops, with a moderately dry finish. It’s one of Coulee Brew’s year-round choices.
But Coalbanks Porter was one of the seasonal selections, Rauda says, and it’s no longer in production.
Reuse Rendezvous returns
An opportunity to declutter or to furnish a place is coming up for Lethbridge residents to take part in.
The seventh annual Reuse Rendezvous is back to help residents give away gently used items from Sept. 7-9.
First launched by the City of Lethbridge in 2011, Reuse Rendezvous is now hosted by Environment Lethbridge which gives residents the opportunity to have their gently used items reused by friends and neighbours who need them.
“Reuse Rendezvous is the perfect opportunity to declutter and pass on items that you no longer need,” said Kathleen Sheppard, executive director with Environment Lethbridge, in a press release. “It’s also a great opportunity to find new-to-you treasures. For students returning for the fall semester, it’s a perfect way to furnish an apartment or dorm room.”
Residents who wish to participate in the 2018 Reuse Rendezvous are encouraged to register their location on an online map hosted by Environment Lethbridge.
U of L honouring alumnus
A Lethbridge business leader has been named Alumnus of the Year at the University of Lethbridge.
Bill Spenceley, president of Flexahopper Plastics, will be honoured during fall convocation ceremonies Oct. 13. He’s been cited for his ongoing community and on-campus contributions, as well as for leadership in environmental initiatives.