Joan Snyder reports that the annual M.S. walk which took place in Drumheller on Sunday, May 1 was another well attended event with more than 100 participants walking the course. The major sponsor, Jayman Built Homes of Calgary, along with plenty of local individuals and businesses helped with the logistics and financial support needed to make the walk a continued success. Joan was able to meet and greet many friends as she enjoyed the day working in the refreshment center where the Freson Bros. barbecue was kept busy and coffee was provided by Café Ole. Gunnar Mortensen took a familiar role as he drove the Handi-Bus along the route to provide road side assistance when required.
In the world of social media it is not surprising to see comments which reflect a wide range of opinions on any given subject. The far right, the far left, religious fanatics and conspiracy theorists all take advantage of the public forum and, in a society which values the right to express our opinions we accept the rants of the strongly opinionated as added spice to the cultural stew. However, some are just too much to tolerate and the devastating fire at Fort McMurray inspired one Facebook posting which had steam rising from my collar. A fellow from Vancouver who is obviously an opponent of the oil sands stated that he believes in the theory of “karma” and suggests that the residents of Fort McMurray deserve the disaster which they are living through (at the time I saw this item it had no “likes” and plenty of rebuttals so at least we know that such an attitude is rejected by those who have read his ravings.) He also took the opportunity to denounce pick-up trucks and, with what seemed to be an unhealthy fondness for the Toyota Prius, he praised the hybrid electric automobile and questioned whether such fuel efficient vehicles would even be allowed in Fort McMurray. Sadly, several comments of this type have popped up but they are being muted by overwhelming support for the victims from all corners of the country. You can be sure that it is not those cynics who are rushing to help and by Friday the Red Cross had received over 30 million dollars in donations while local fundraisers such as the 50/50 draw which was offered at the Drumheller Rotary Club White Elephant Sale last weekend are adding to the support to the relief effort. So, while those who revel in the misfortune of those who do not share their vision of how our country, our economy and, indeed, society as a whole should function, let the rest of us give what we can to help those in need.
Further to the notion of helping those in distress, it is not only the big disasters which dominate the news and which garner the attention of a nation that inspire others to be good neighbors. At any time and everywhere there are families facing a personal crisis and, as mentioned last week, friends and neighbors have been doing what they can to assist the Learke family. Recently a group of ladies from Dalum, and beyond, brought an assortment of food for their freezer, making it much easier for Mariann to prepare suppers for the boys that are working hard at their place. Mariann reports that Wagnar wants all those caring and supportive friends and neighbours to know how much it is appreciated and how grateful they are.
We find only two names on the birthday list this week; best wishes to Mason Holmen who will be three years old and greetings to former Dalum boy, Colin LaBerge, who must look hard and long into the rear view mirror to find only three candles on his cake.
Remember, on Thursday, June 2, the Dalum Friendship Club will host its annual Spring Tea at the community hall where you may expect to enjoy some light entertainment and good fellowship.
You may continue to call Gerald and Maryann Rasmussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to germar70@ magtech.ca.