Many charitable organizations across the country obtain funding from gambling revenues. Normally, the government and gambling commission decide how the money will be spent, but now charities themselves can have a say in the allocation of funds.
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation has embarked on a provincial tour to speak with charities about how they believe gaming profits should be spent. Today, the tour will visit Kamloops.
The Kamloops Search and Rescue Society is one of the charitable organizations that will be in attendance today. KSR President wants to confirm how much funding his charity will receive from grants so that the Search and Rescue Society can create their budget for the coming year. He also hopes to obtain some clarification on which groups get priority for funding.
Many different types of groups depend on gambling grants in order to function, and there is competition between sports groups, arts groups and health organizations. Last year, the local human society received $6250 while the Clearwater and Districe Minor Hockey Association received $20 000 and the local St. John Society received $40 000.
The general public is invited to attend the forum, which will take place today from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Presentations will begin at 9:00am.