Reach benefits from firefighters’ Harvest Fest

The Delta Firefighters Charitable Foundation has once again shared the bounty from its annual Harvest Festival.

Following the sold-out fundraising night in September, members of the foundation visited Ladner’s Reach Child and Youth Development Society with a cheque for $65,000 that included a $25,000 donation from Brad Newell of the King of Floors.

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Newell approached the stage during Harvest Fest to announce the contribution and to put out a challenge to the community to match it. Brad’s Challenge is now online at He hopes the community will join in to raise an additional $25,000 to remove 12 more families from Reach’s Delta Connex waitlist.

The Delta Connex program supports families of children with complex developmental conditions such as FASD.

“The support from the Delta firefighters and Brad has had a huge impact on our ability to serve families who are truly struggling in this community,” said program manager Camille Netherton.

“Referrals come in on a regular basis to this program, averaging seven per month. Each donation goes directly to serving families. These funds allow us to serve families who are the brink of faltering, have reached the end of their rope and seeking help. We can truly help them now instead of only being able to offer a spot on the waitlist.”

Reach Child and Youth Development Society is a non-profit charitable society that has been providing services to children and their families since 1959. More than 1,000 children and their families benefit from their services on an annual basis.

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