Earlier this month, on July 7th, the province of British Columbia became engulfed in flames. Over 45,000 people have been displaced from their homes – quickly becoming one of the largest displacement events in the history of the province.

British Columbia remains in a state of emergency while 155 wildfires continue to roar across the province, fifteen of them threatening communities.

Alvin Naicker, founder and owner of Surftek Surfboards, has requested the help of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce to get the community involved to work together to support this worthy cause. At the chamber we are working with The Canadian Red Cross to support those impacted in BC, and in our efforts to do so we have set up an online donation portal for our community. Through this portal you are able to donate to this deserving cause, where proceeds will go towards immediate relief such as cots and blankets, financial assistance for families including food, clothing and other personal needs. As well many donations will go towards long-term recovery needs. Alvin is donating $500 himself and is challenging others to donate what they can.

We are urging individuals and businesses to donate whatever they can – any amount helps.