Many local charities and organizations are going to have a very merry Christmas thanks to Roger Stevenson and his team at ProPlan Financial.

The group organized a Community Charity Challenge, which encouraged the public to bring in donations to a charity or not-for-profit organization. Any group that received a donation than in turned received a percentage of $10,000 donated by ProPlan financial.

In the end, $25,000 was collectively donated to different charities across Drumheller, Three Hills and Beiseker.

"It was amazing. My goal was to double our $10,000 contribution, and then when we added my $10,000 contribution and we were at $35,000," commented Roger Stevenson, owner of ProPlan Financial. "We found that a lot of charitable groups were really taking advantage of the situation, and going out and drumming up donations on their own, which was unexpected and really cool."

The fundraiser itself was a unique one but prevailed successfully with $35,000 going towards charity groups across the Drumheller Area

"I knew I wanted to make a contribution, I just didn't know where I wanted to put it, or what charities were in need. Actually, through conversations with DrumFM we came up with this idea of doing a charity challenge, and distributing the $10,000 based on the contributions we received from the public," continued Stevenson.

Stevenson goes on to say that the groups that were donated to, were groups he would have never even thought of, such as sporting organizations for kids or historical associations.

"We take the $25,000 in from the public and based on the percentage that each charity got of that, we are applying our percentage to our $10,000 to that. Then I am contacting all the charities and ether going out and playing Santa or they are coming in to pick them up. We give them all the donations the public made, plus our extra donation on top of that," concluded Stevenson

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