VLT Operators Giving Back To The Community

Pipestone Flyer

    The Leduc and Nisku VLT operators were helping out those in need last week. The membership, made up of the VLT operators in the Nisku and Leduc area, have given more than $1 million back to the community since they were formed in 1992, said member Clarence Shields. Last week, the VLT operators continued giving back by supporting three worthy endeavours.

    Angela Curran said on the day the VLT operators donated $2,500 for her 10-year-old daughter Mikayla to travel to the United States for brain surgery, they had just found out Alberta Health was denying their application to pay for the surgery. Mikayla has a 15 mm Symptomatic Pineal Cyst deep in the middle of her brain. Surgeons in Canada will not remove it because the operation is highly-invasive and could either kill her or make the problem worse, said Curran. Surgeons in the United States, however, perform a less invasive surgery with highly successful results, but Alberta Health will not pay for Mikayla to be treated there.

    Through an outpouring of similar generosity given by community groups and individuals,  the $210,000 surgery is slated for July 10. “Our community has just been amazing,” said Curran.

    Secondly, The Parents Association at New Humble Centre School are also grateful for the support of the VLT operators, which gave them $5,000 for a community playground.

    “This puts us at the top,” said Treasurer Pam Frenzel. After three years of fund raisings, the committee has raised $97,400 and plans to begin construction on the new playground for 100 kids in the area in the Fall of 2014.

“Our president Giselle Messer has put her heart and soul into this. Now that we’ve reached our goal we are ready to construct,” said Frenzel.

    The third endeavour sees Five Hundred dollars given to help students in an alternative program at Leduc Composite High School build the life skills they’ll need following graduation. Teacher Jim Toomey said the donation from the VLT operators helped pay for a three-day life skills trip to Calgary and Banff for 24 students in the Pre-Employment Program last month.

    The Leduc and Nisku VLT Operators include; Blackjacks Roadhouse, Best Western Plus Denham Inns and Suites, Days Inn Edmonton Airport, Smitty’s Shades Lounge, Airways Country Inn, Executive Inn’s Flight Deck Sports Bar, the Wagonwheel Saloon at the Waldorf Hotel, Kosmos, Yote’s Tex Mex Bar and Grill, Burnsey O’Flanagan’s Public House and Boston Pizza.