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Legacy fund created in wake of Kelowna crane collapse by SICA


July 30, 2021
By Crane & Hoist Canada Staff

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Through the Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) Fund and in partnership with the Construction Foundation of BC, SICA is organizing the Kelowna Crane Incident Legacy Education Fund.

This fund is a tribute to the individuals who lost their lives from the Brooklyn Site Incident on July 12.

The money raised through this fund will go towards supporting future post-secondary education for the children of the victims in this tragedy.

“We were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic crane accident in Kelowna on July 12. Our hearts are grieving for the families, friends, and co-workers of those victims of this terrible event” says Scott Wild, CEO of SICA. “We know this has sent ripples across the entire country as we have had many colleagues in the industry reach out to us with compassion for and solidarity with our community in grieving these losses.”

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GoFundMe campaigns still running

It is not the intent to take any attention away from the current GoFundMe campaigns that have been established by the families. Rather, this campaign serves as an additional avenue and opportunity to be able to build a fund that will be able to cover the victims’ children’s education.

This fund is managed by the Construction Foundation of BC so that charitable donation receipts can be given and in hopes that the contributions can be invested and grown over the coming years.

“While there are no words we can say to offer comfort to the grieving families, we can instead come together as an industry and community to build a future for the families these men were working hard to care for,” says Wild.

Where to donate

The SICA Fund was established to support causes and initiatives that matter to their members. Past campaigns have raised thousands of dollars for the purchasing of tools, equipment, and technology for classrooms in the southern interior region.

Donations to this fund can be made on SICA’s website, https://staging.sicabc.ca/donate, all donors will receive a tax receipt. Alternatively, there are instructions on the website for donations made by cheque.