Volunteers. They aren’t just nice to have, they’re vital to the way our communities run.
John Horton is one such volunteer.
But after a mishap in 2014, Horton’s boat is requiring a re-fit.
As one of Canada’s major rivers, the Fraser River sees heavy commercial traffic using the river, added with commercial fishing can be a recipe for disaster.
Horton says traffic continues to increase, and the need for his volunteer service with it.
He serviced in the Royal Navy and served in the British Fisher Protection Squadron where he became aware of the danger to commercial fishermen.
Volunteering his lifeboat is his way of giving back to his community.
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Very close to goal
His volunteer society has already put in $350,000 to and they’re about 85% done. Horton estimates they need about $40-50K to finish the job.
After a fundraiser at the Maritime Museum a couple of weeks ago, they are now only about 15,000 dollars away from being able to complete the work and get the boat back in the water. They’ve set up a Go-Fund-Me campaign for anyone interested in donating.