submitted by Cst. Joey Waskul–On July 18, the Mounted Police Fund donated $2,210 to support the Sandspit AL Mathers School and RCMP Community Mud Bog project. Sandspit students learned basic mechanics, bodywork, metalwork, and the proper use of tools and safety from local RCMP Constable Joey Waskul. The project was overwhelmingly supported by local residents and with donations from many Sandspit and Queen Charlotte merchants. Thanks to the many that donated, including Westpoint Automotive, Bayview Sales/Praxair, Sandspit Taxi and Gerry’s Gas Works.
During the school year, the 1951 Willys truck body was grafted onto a full size Chevrolet Blazer chassis and a big block 454 engine and running gear were shoe-horned inside for power. The mud bogger sporting its “Duke’s of Hazzard-General Lee” paint job spun its way to fourth place in the modified category at the Port Canada Day parade. The response from the onlookers and all involved was overwhelming.
For this school year, Cst. Waskul will repeat the project. This time, it will be a drag race car and the students will be building a 1968 Camaro. They hope to compete at the Terrace Raceway. The project has already been approved by project overseer, Principal Claudette Lavoie.
The Mounted Police Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages the RCMP licensing Program. Established in 1994, it carefully reviews every product manufactured under the RCMP name and logo to ensure it’s of the highest quality, tasteful, and positively reflects the RCMP image.
Money generated funds community and youth development programs. In the past few years, the foundation has provided over $2-million dollars to more that 310 community-driven initiatives such as crime prevention, victim services, drug awareness and child and youth oriented programs.
For information on the Mounted Police Foundation, see www.mountedpolicefnd.org
For further info, contact Cst. Joey Waskul (250) 559-4421
Thanks to the many islands business that donated, including: West Point Automotive, Bayview Sales/Praxair, Sandspit Taxi, Gerry’s Gas Works.