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B.C. firefighters to support Honour House

Oct. 20, 2010, New Westminster, B.C. - British Columbia firefighters, paramedics and police are coming together on Friday October 22nd to launch the Helmets For Heroes campaign to raise funds to for  Honour House, which will be a temporary home for military personnel and first responders and their families who come to Metro Vancouver for medical attention.

October 20, 2010
By Carey Fredericks

The kick-off will be at 11 a.m. as Canadian Forces make a special appearance by rappelling from a Cormorant helicopter as RCMP Air 1 and the BC Ambulance Service helijet land next to Firehall No. 1 at 1 East 6th Avenue in New Westminster. Navy divers will demonstrate
rescue techniques and the Vancouver Police Mounted Squad will be on hand, all in support of the Helmets For Heroes campaign.

On Oct. 23 and 24, British Columbia firefighters will be out in their communities on street corners and public areas seeking donations
from residents around the province. The goal is to open Honour House on Nov. 10, 2010.

Singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan has donated her time and music in support of Honour House. On the evening of Oct. 28, she will
perform at the Honour Our Heroes gala fundraiser at the Sheraton Wall Centre – 800 seats sold out in less than two weeks.

The support offered by B.C. Housing and the City of New Westminster was instrumental in acquiring the Honour House property. Members of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association and the Royal Canadian Legion along with corporate and community associations have generated enough funding and in kind contributions to enable Honour House Society to commence the extensive renovation of Honour House.

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Honour House is the first home of its kind in Canada. It is a $5-million initiative by a group of grassroots Canadians to build a temporary
home-away-from home for military personnel, first responders and their families.

The building of Honour House is thanks to the generous efforts by British Columbians who have donated their money or time. Efforts to
raise funds for the project, as well as an endowment, continue. On Oct. 23 and 24, British Columbia firefighters will be holding out their helmets for donations to support Honour House.