Thursday September 9, 2010
Crimestoppers Needs Help
Coupon book sales lagging
n August, representatives from Rocky Mountain Marketing began fundraising for the Upper Fraser Valley Crime Stoppers and agents in bright yellow jackets will be going door-to-door in Chilliwack, Agassiz, Hope and Boston Bar. The drive continues until October 15 selling coupon books packed with products and services from local businesses.
Janett Amaro, Regional Crime Stoppers Coordinator for the Upper Fraser Valley, told the Voice in an e-mail, that the canvassers weren't doing as well as expected and that they are just trying to raise as much money as possible during the 6-8 weeks that the drive is on for. Funds raised help pay for Crime Stoppers information tip rewards, daily operations, 24-hour telephone support, volunteer training and public awareness programs.
"It is a little slow, so we are hoping things pick up soon," said Amaro. "Our goal is to try and raise as much money as possible to keep our program alive, we need the support from the community as we are not funded by any other source. The money we raise is mostly for rewards and some office maintenance."
Proceeds from sales of the coupon books - $25 plus tax ($28.00) per booklet support of the Upper Fraser Valley Crime Stoppers operating in Chilliwack, Agassiz, Hope and Boston Bar.
When the fundraising campaign began the RCMP received reports that a man was in the Chilliwack area trying to collect donations for Crime Stoppers under false pretenses.
According to police the man had no source of ID, nor the coupon pack and didn't manage to scam any donations.
"Rocky Mountain Marketing associates will not ask for and will not accept donations," said Cpl Lea-Anne Dunlop. "They are offering a coupon book for sale with proceeds going to support the local Crime Stoppers program."
Upper Fraser Valley Crime Stoppers is a non profit community based crime solving program working in conjunction with the media, the public and the police to help make the Upper Fraser Valley a safer place to live. To date, the program has paid out over $75,000 for community tips to help solve crimes.
Donations can be made to Upper Fraser Valley Crime Stoppers. For more information or to make a donation contact Janet via e-mail here or visit www.chilliwackcrimestoppers.ca
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