Routhier Facility Enhancement Society and Rocky Mountain Equipment collaborate on “battery drive”

Pauline Therriault (third from right) receiving on behalt of RFES a $2,350 donation from Rocky Mountain Equipment.

Tom Henihan
Expresss Staff

Due to a couple of fundraising initiatives, Rocky Mountain Equipment in Falher has donated $2,350 to the Routhier Facility Enhancement Society (RFES).

On July 27, when the Great Benjamin’s Circus was in Falher, the staff at Rocky Mountain Equipment hosted a BBQ at the Honey Capital Park, selling hamburgers and hot dogs to those attending the show and to community members visiting the park.

The BBQ raised $649 for the RFES to support student activities at Ecole Routhier School.

Rocky Mountain Equipment also collaborated with RFES in bringing a Battery Drive to the community, with Rocky Mountain Equipment providing a drop-off service for old batteries that a recycling company then picks up.

Along with car and truck batteries, the drive accepts all types of batteries including tractor, golf cart, ATV etc.

“Our first load raised $1,701 by recycling old batteries,” says RFES board member, Pauline Therriault.

“We are forever grateful for the opportunity to work with a local business to raise funds for student activities at Routhier.”

Therriault also says that the support from the community donating and dropping off their used batteries is great, and that Rocky Mountain Equipment will continue to collect old batteries for RFES until the end of the year.

RFES encourages all local farmers and businesses to look around their yards to see if they have any batteries they could donate to the fundraiser.

The society supports Routhier student activities such as bringing in the Missoula theatre group every couple of years, purchasing Chrome Books and installing a sensory room at the school.

RFES also organizes school dances and other fundraisers, and has begun putting money aside for the refurbishment of the school park that has begun to show its age.

The society has a September 31 – October 1, casino and is still short some volunteers and would like hear from people who want to help.

For more information or if someone requires a battery pick-up, please call Pauline Therriault at 780-837-1717.

It is important to note that the battery drive does not accept any broken batteries.

 

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