Resource Works Society, a local organization dedicated to providing the community with fact-based information on the resource development sector in British Columbia, is gearing up for their first annual fundraiser: Race for Resources.
“We’re a non-profit,” explains Barinder Rasode, Director of Social Development for the Resource Works Society, “and this is our one and only fundraiser.”
Initially, a group brainstormed around a creative event that would catch people’s imagination, support a local industry, and bring in much-needed money.
“People’s charitable calendars tend to be filled with gala dinners or lunches,” Barinder says, “and we wanted something different, something a little more creative. We’ve partnered with the Hastings Race Track and on June 25, 2016, from 12:30pm to 5pm we’ll be holding a day at the races event.”
Women are encouraged to wear their finest summer dresses and hats or fascinators and men will be wearing their summer suits. Tickets cost $100 and include hors d’oeuvres, a buffet lunch, and two tickets for the alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice.
“It’s going to be a fun day,” Barinder laughs. “Plus, the horse racing industry has a long history in B.C. and, like many other sectors, it has taken a hit with the advent and popularity of technology. People can watch horse racing at home or on any mobile device, or watch bigger tracks in other cities. We want to support the industry as it creates a lot of jobs and is important to our community.”
All the money raised is invested into the Resource Works Society to help fund research and create fact-based information for the public and community leaders on the contribution of responsible resource development and extraction.
“We’re a very small shop,” explains Barinder. “There are just two of us and we operate out of coffee shops. The funds raised will help create assets for Resource Works Society such as policy papers, community engagement, and community consultation.”
For more information on Race for Resources, the Resource Works Society and their research, check out their website, call 778.588.9352, or email. Resource Works can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.