October 19th, 2020

New fundraiser is brewing to help first responders

By Bobinec, Greg on October 31, 2019.

Herald photo by Ian Martens Lethbridge firefighter Shawn Folk is encouraging people to order a pint of Kilt Tugger beer at HudsonÕs Tap House, supporting the New Dawn Foundation through the month of November. @IMartensHerald

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald


A charity foundation which recently surfaced in Lethbridge to help support first responders with personal assistance is returning to raise more funds after their success at the Lethbridge Firefighters Pipes and Drums Scotchtoberfest.

The New Dawn Foundation was developed by Shawn Folk in memory of his wife, who passed away earlier this year from brain cancer. Throughout her treatment they developed the idea of the charity to supply resources to help first responders with whatever they are going through.

Throughout November, the community will be able to support the foundation by purchasing a pint of Kilt Tugger beer at Hudson’s Tap House, with $1 from every pint being donated.

“The Beer is called Kilt Tugger, it’s an Irish red ale and we teamed up with Theoretically Brewing Co. and they had a beer already made and they labelled it as Kilt Tugger for the pipe band and our charities they are giving to,” says Folk with Lethbridge Fire Department. “Hudson’s will be donating $1 from every pint throughout the month of November which goes straight to the New Dawn Foundation and whatever we make on the kegs throughout the city will be donated as well.”

Folk says he was overwhelmed by the response the foundation had from Scotchtoberfest, where the Lethbridge Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band switched who they were donating to for over a decade.

“Scotchtoberfest was awesome and it was amazing to see the people come out and support something that is such a local thing and is a very important thing not only to me but to all first responders,” says Folk. “For the Lethbridge Fire Pipe and Drum Band to come on board and say this is our new cause is amazing. They realize the importance of taking care of ourselves and taking care of each other, and not just within the fire department but reaching out to other first responders such as dispatchers, police officers, border control, correctional officers, emergency nurses and RCMP officers. We need to take care of ourselves and we are finding it harder and harder to detach from those things, because there are a lot of things that we take home from work and there are a lot of things that we take to work.”

Supporting the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health of all first responders, including emergency nurses, dispatchers and all areas of first responder careers, is the focus of A New Dawn Foundation.

Kickoff date for the Kilt Tugger fundraiser is Friday and people will be able to look for the Kilt Tugger handmade wooden and steel keg handle to purchase a pint to donate, or buy a T-shirt from the organizers at Hudson’s. If you are unable to make it to Hudson’s for a pint, donations can be made at ATB Financial West Highlands branch.

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