Scouts step in to help fire victims

he Scouts decided to forego part of the cycling tour for an opportunity to do their part in helping victims of the fire.

Scouts put down their bicycles and pick up debris.

Westbridge-based KVR Cycle Tours Company lost its headquarters to the Rock Creek fire on Aug. 13, but has found a degree of encouragement from an unexpected source.

Owners Paula Sheridan and Swade Finch were scheduled to entertain a group of Scouts from Alberta this week, escorting them along the Kettle Valley Trail for a cycling experience of a lifetime.

Upon hearing about Sheridan and Finch’s loss of 4.5 acres and their home in Westbridge, the Scouts decided to make the trip west anyway, but forego part of the cycling tour for an opportunity to do their part in helping victims of the fire.

“They cleared our property of debris,” Sheridan said, “and we have put them in touch with Samaritan’s Purse, whose contact details were provided by the Red Cross when we registered at the evacuation centre in Midway after the fire. They are sacrificing another day of riding tomorrow to help however they can.”

Sheridan said that besides the physical help the scouts provided, they also gave she and Finch a much needed boost of spirit, which they hope will help them establish a new start in Westbridge.

“We want to keep cyclists out there riding on our beautiful KVR trail”, Sheridan said, “which hopefully will be open again next season, if not before.”