They came, they ate, they filled Cam Salmond’s boots.
On Sunday, Feb. 12, the Burner Restaurant and Lounge hosted a fundraiser for Salmond, the Malakwa volunteer firefighter who recently lost his own home in a fire.
“We are very proud to announce that the fundraiser at The Burner for Cam Salmond was a huge success,” Burner owner, operator Tamryn Koebel said Monday in an email to the News. The Burner planned to donate $5 to Salmond from every $10 special burger/fries platter sold that day. Koebel says 218 meals were sold, raking in $1,090. Four hundred raffle tickets were sold, raising another $800. And a pair of Salmond’s boots were set up for patrons to drop in additional donations. This raised another $1,115.
In total, $3,005 was brought in to support Salmond, who learned after the fire that he did not have enough insurance to cover his losses.
Koebel is grateful to the many who participated in the event and/or made donations, including firehalls from throughout the region – Malakwa, Sicamous, Lake Country, Tappen and Enderby. The Columbia Shuswap Regional District and Eagle Valley Rescue Society were also well represented.
Koebel extends a huge thanks to everyone who “travelled from near and far to show how much they appreciate all that our firefighters do for us.” “Just about everyone that came out on Sunday knew about the event and was their to support Cam,” says Koebel.