© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Members of the P.E.I Ground Search and Rescue team prepare to begin their search Saturday.
The P.E.I. ground search and rescue was award $25,000 Thursday night during the Labatt Blue Ultimate End of Summer Party.
Labatt Blue named Charlottetown its 2012 most iconic town. The contest honours hometown pride and the good causes in the community with an end of summer party and a cash prize.
The P.E.I. search and rescue was one of three organizations up for the cash.
The money will go towards training and new equipment, said president Ken Hall.
“It was very exciting and we are very pleased to have won. Our organization relies on fundraising and donations, so this is huge.”
The ground search and rescue association is a non-profit volunteer organization with about 95 members Island-wide, said Hall.
“We are all on call 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. This award will help train new volunteers,” he said.
The team is very important for the Island, said RCMP media relations officer Sgt. Andrew Blackadar.
“We often call upon them to conduct searches for lost or missing people,” he said.
“I’m very happy for them. This will help them offset costs. As a volunteer organization they can use any help they can get.”
Hall is hopeful the award will help attract new volunteers during their volunteer this upcoming spring.