Owen Sound Police Raise Funds For Fire Victims

#owensoundstrong fundraising T-Shirt (photo courtesy of Owen Sound Police Service)

The Owen Sound Police Service fundraising barbeque for victims of last week’s arson fires drew hundreds of people.

Inspector Stephen MacKinnon says that thanks to the generosity of the public, officers raised almost $8,000 yesterday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

That figure includes three large donations made by the South Bruce Peninsula ATV Club ($1,000), the Township of Chatsworth Fire Fighters’ Association ($1,000), and the Grey-Bruce V.O.N. ($850).

MacKinnon says there were numerous examples of people donating far more than $20 with one man paying $60 for a $5 hotdog and another paying $200 for his meal.

A $20 donation got a meal plus a T-shirt with the words #owensoundstrong on it.


“While the nearly 400 hamburgers and hot dogs were sold out over the two-hour period, it took only 20 minutes to sell all 100 T-shirts that had been printed. So as not to disappoint anyone, we took the names and contact information of over 200 people today and will be ordering more shirts. Anyone wishing to purchase a T-shirt can contact Community Services Officer Constable Mike Dazé at 519-376-1234 ext #161 or mdaze@owensoundpolice.com”, said MacKinnon.

Although Police Chief William Sornberger’s intent in hosting the barbeque was solely as a way for the Owen Sound Police Service to do their part in helping to raise funds, some people also took the opportunity to thank them for keeping their community safe.

Inspector MacKinnon was humbled when one couple, victims of the arson and who lost everything, including personal and sentimental items that can never be replaced, shook his hand and thanked [the police] for catching the people responsible.