Due to the tremendous positive response we received over the past 2 rodeos, we have decided to continue having the Lucknow and District Fire Department as the Dungannon Pro Rodeo benefactor with all proceeds once again going towards upgrades to their current equipment.
Thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors and spectators that we were able to donate $5,000.00 in 2019 and make a $15,000.00 donation (PLUS an additional $1,080.00 from the bike raffles) for a GRAND TOTAL of $16,080.00 in 2022!
The Lucknow and District Fire Department is a volunteer fire department including a Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, five Captains, and seventeen firefighters. Within the Captain ranks there is also a Secretary, Training Officer, Assistant Training Officer, and Scribe. Through ongoing training and Public Education, the Lucknow Fire Department is dedicated to Fire Prevention and life safety for the residents in their communities.
The Lucknow Fire Department is jointly operated by the Township of Huron Kinloss and the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh. They serve the areas from the Easterly boarder of the Township of Huron-Kinloss West to the Huron-Kinloss Township Road for the residents of Huron-Kinloss. In Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh they serve from Amberley Road at Donnybrook line West to Lake Huron and South to Nile Road. Areas excluded are South of Glens Hill Road from East of Prosperity Line to Donnybrook Line.
For our second rodeo in 2018, all proceeds of the Dungannon Pro Rodeo went towards the “WES for Youth Online” Buddy Bench Program. The idea behind the buddy bench, when placed in a school setting, is that it is a special place where a child can go when they are in need of someone to talk to or play with. When a child feels the need for a friend to talk to, he or she can show this by using the buddy bench. Other children and staff will recognise this as a sign that some help, support or comfort is needed and will come to talk with the child. The bench is a means by which a child can seek support without the need to rationalise their feelings. Because the bench is in the day-to-day environment of the school it can be used at any time and for any reason – from seemingly trivial matters to more serious concerns – and encourages children to ask for help when they are troubled.
Thanks to everyone's support we were able to purchase 8 Buddy Benches to be placed at the following locations within our community:
- Dungannon Rodeo Grounds
- Brookside Public School
- Lucknow Public School
- GDCI High School
- Goderich Rec Park
- Benmiller Ball Diamond/Playground
- Port Albert Ball Diamond/Playground
- Auburn Ball Diamond/Playground
WES for Youth Online originally started as an online safe space for teens in Grey Bruce and surrounding areas where they can express themselves and get free support from professional, non-judgemental counsellors. This one-on-one connection, away from any office, or the eyes and opinions of others gives teens the opportunity to share their feelings and concerns and deal with their life issues privately in a manner familiar and comfortable to them.
If you or someone you know is in need of support, you are not alone. Please click on the Wes For You link for support.
For our first rodeo in 2017, we had the honor of partnering with “Jessica’s House”, which was completed in Huron County in the Spring of 2018. Through the rodeo we were able to donate $5,000.00 to this great cause.
Jessica’s House will be a residential hospice that will be a ‘home away from home’ for people who are terminally ill. It is a place were people can come to live their final days, surrounded by family and caregivers and be provided with the compassionate, medical and emotional support needed at the end-of-life. Jessica’s House is named in honour of 22 year-old Jessica Hamather from Exeter, who lost her life in 2015 to an extremely rare form of cancer.