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Weekender: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 30

Canadian Hero Fund announces

its first $10,000 bursary recipient
Bracebridge native helps give Hero Fund announced the allocation of its
first post-secondary scholarship to the child
back to Canadian heroes of a fallen Canadian Forces member.
The scholarship for $10,000 was awarded
by Allyson Snelling to a Matthew Mellish who is currently pursu-
A civilian charity supporting military per- ing undergraduate studies at the University
sonnel and their families has awarded its first of New Brunswick. He is the son of Warrant
scholarship in the amount Officer Frank Mellish, who was killed in
of $10,000. Afghanistan in 2006.
The Canadian Hero The Canadian Hero Fund has also started
Fund, a registered charity a new initiative called “11 for 11” and a fund-
dedicated to raising money raising commercial featuring The Trews’
for families of fallen soldiers song Highway of Heroes and the voice of
through community, grass- Canadian actor/producer Paul Gross.
roots efforts, was founded The initiative is bringing the relevance
by a team of university stu- of Remembrance Day to Canadians, and
dents including Bracebridge FRASER Canadian youth specifically.
native Alan Fraser. Individuals are encouraged to take up a
Fraser, who graduated from the University goal or show support for Canadian Forces
of Toronto in 2008 with an honours BA in members and their families by incorporating
history and political science, believes organ- the number 11 into their activity of support
izations are needed to support those who or fundraising.
serve selflessly on our behalf. Proponents of the Canadian Hero Fund
“There are other organizations out there are asking Canadians to donate $11 toward
that support firefighters and police officers, the scholarship fund for the children of fallen
so we’re there to support Canadian Forces Canadians.
families, and to offer the public a chance to Businesses are encouraged to pledge $11
give back,” Fraser said in a previous inter- or 11 per cent per sale over a discretionary
view. period during the campaign, which runs for
Now a law student at the University of the entire month of November.
Edinburgh, Fraser attributes his personal The 11 for 11 campaign is off to a great
inspiration to do what he could to help mil- start, and has raised $21,000 to date.
itary families to his grandfather, a veteran To learn more about 11 for 11 and to watch
who fought at Juno Beach and played a pivot- the new commercial, visit
al role in Fraser’s upbringing. More information on the Canadian Hero
At a recent press conference, the Canadian Fund is available at

SANTA ARRIVES. Santa Claus makes his first appearance in the busy Muskoka parade season in
the Bala Santa Claus Parade on Nov. 13. (Photo by Karen Longwell)


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