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Annual Australia Day Celebration in the Pass

Cheques were presented to the Crowsnest Pass Memorial Society and Revive the Roxy from Riversdale Resources after their Australia Day fundraising event on January 31. Submitted photo.

Nicholas L. M. Allen

Feb 1, 2023

Australia Day celebrations in the Pass lead to large donations.

A local mining company hosted an event celebrating Australia Day at the MDM on January 28. Riversdale Resources started hosting Australia Day in January 2015 with this being the seventh time they have held the event.

The night’s activities included dinner and a midnight lunch, live auction, silent auction and dancing with live music. Attendees were encouraged to come dressed for the beach party theme, with one table even bringing their own patio umbrella.

The event was a fundraiser for the Crowsnest Cando Society’s Revive the Roxy Project and for the Crowsnest Pass Memorial Society.  

Both groups gave a short presentation on how the funds raised would be used. The event MC was Keith Bott, a former Riversdale community liaison, with bartending provided by volunteers from the Blairmore Lions.

“Riversdale is grateful for the incredible support of all of the sponsors who donated money and items to the auctions, all of the people who came out and spent money on two very worthwhile causes, and for the Riversdale staff who put it all together,” said Jackie Woodman, community engagement at Riversdale Resources.

The total raised from the event was $43,605, with Riversdale adding another $25,000 for a total of $68,605. Each group will get over $34,000 toward their current projects.

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