On A National Level
The Association maintains a National Disaster Fund to assist in the event of emergencies in Canadian communities.
In 1987 $10,000 was sent to assist the Edmonton area when the Tornado hit; in the spring of 1997 "Kin Ride to Low Tide" was set up to help the Manitoba Flood Victims; and in January 1998 we saw the inception of "Operation Thaw" to assist with the cleanup from the ice storms in Ontario and Quebec.
In 1949 the Association set up a Cancer Scholarship Fund to help train doctors in treating this dreaded disease. The Hal Rogers Endowment Fund, renamed the Kinsmen & Kinette Bursary in 1999, awards $1,000.00 bursaries each year to students who are registered in a post-secondary program. This was established to assist young people in higher education.
More recently, it was the Kinsmen Clubs from the Edmonton area who spearheaded the BBQ Canada initiative - with a goal of feeding one million Canadians a beef dinner on Labour Day during the BSE crisis that decimated the Canadian Beef Industry.
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