Cullen and Cycle 16 team up for fire relief BBQ tomorrow in Smithers


SMITHERS – Burgers, smokies and veggie fare will be sizzling at Bovill Square tomorrow in support of fire relief efforts as MP Nathan Cullen and Cycle 16 Trail Society co-host a community barbeque in Smithers with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.

“We are encouraging everyone to come out in support of the families and communities that have been so hardhit throughout this summer of extreme fires in Northwest BC and across the province,” Cullen said.

“All barbeque proceeds will go to the Red Cross to help support the thousands of displaced people who have had to flee these devastating fires.”

Every year, Cullen partners with non-profit groups across the riding to host fundraising barbeques. All money raised goes directly to local organizations.

“Last week, the amazing folks at Cycle 16 came to us to suggest that instead of them keeping the money raised at our Smithers barbeque, they wanted to donate everything to the Red Cross for fire relief.”

Cullen and Cycle 16 will be serving up barbequed fare at Bovill Square from noon to 1:30pm tomorrow, Thursday, August 23.  Lunch is by donation. All food and supplies are also generously donated by local merchants.

Cycle 16 is a 700-member community of cycling enthusiasts who build and maintain cycling trails in the Bulkley Valley.  The group’s signature project is a proposed cycling trail between Smithers and Telkwa.

Cullen and local non-profits have been holding annual summer community barbeques since 2005 in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat and Smithers.  Thanks to the generosity of diners and donations from local businesses, these barbeques have raised over $130,000 for community groups. 



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