Calgary Health Foundation

Ship Shape Stampede Donation

Ship Shape Stampede DonationSailors from Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Calgary once again donned their Stetsons at the 2012 Calgary Stampede. Calgary sailors participated in the ten-day event as part of an annual namesake city visit were joined by crew from the submarine HMCS Chicoutimi and the Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific.

This year marked the 100th Anniversary of the 'Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,' and officially kicked off when Naden Band leads sailors in the Stampede Parade. On the Stampede grounds, the Navy contingent joined members from the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force at the Canadian Forces display.

Prior to the parade the crew made a stop at the Foothills Medical Centre to donate more than $8,000 from their charity fund to the Calgary Health Trust in support of the Burn Unit.

The crew has raised more than $50,000 since suffering a fire on their ship. HMCS raises money for the Trust and other charities through various activities, including 50/50 draws, barbecues and their Cowboy Up event, which brings Calgarians and friends of the crew on board to meet the HMCS Calgary crew and experience a day on the ship.

Money that has been donated by HMCS in previous years has been used for purchasing priority equipment, staff education and research for the Burn Unit. Calgary Health Trust thanks HMCS Calgary for its ongoing support.