On Wednesday, MP for Central Okanagan Similkameen Nicola Dan Albas rose in the House of Commons in Ottawa to show support to the Merritt community for banding together to rebuild the Murray Church.
“I’d like to share a story about the community coming together in Merritt, British Columbia, to rebuild the historic Murray Church after it burned down from a pointless act of arson in January of 2019. I am happy to say, they have reached nearly $170,000 of their $200,000 goal. They’ve recently held a ground-breaking ceremony with hopes of construction next year,” began Albas.
“This fire caused a lot of anger and heartbreak for the people of Merritt. But they’ve taken a difficult situation and despite all the challenges they faced, turned it into something that people could rally together on. This spirit of community has extended right across this great country as many Canadians have contacted the Trinity United Church to show their support. My congratulations to all involved, As we all enter this holiday season, let us remember that we are all part of a community and what that means. Let’s give back to those we love and to those in need. Let’s look to positive examples like Merritt and know that we can overcome anger and sadness and come together as a country.”
The Murray Church fundraising committee has been offered a challenge by a generous anonymous donor. If the fundraising committee can bring in $7,500, the donor will match the funds. The funds must be raised by the second anniversary of the church being lost to arson, January 11.
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