The Kimberley Bulletin picked up on this campaign and called us today. An online article was produced and as a result the following has transpired. I would like to make it clear that RCR's gesture is in no way a reaction to our attempts to raise funds for this cause. They were taking precautionary measures with the RCMP whereas Kevin and I simply started this online campaign having had positive, but minimal communication with our local detachment. In hindsight, I wish I would have communicated directly with my colleague/friend/Manager of the Resort prior to starting this campaign, but here we are. I have the utmost confidence that this new development will be the the most effective, result producing drive forward, and as such we will be refunding contributions donated and closing this campaign. I have initiate the refund process and have been advised it will take 3-7 business days. I apologize for the inconvenience. Please stay tuned as this more significant approach to apprehending individual(s) responsible for this is in the works. Please feel free to contact me directly through Facebook messenger for any questions.
From the Kimberley Bulletin:
Upon learning about this GoFundMe campaign, KAR reached out to the Kimberley Bulletin with this statement:
“RCR/KAR has been working for weeks with the RCMP on a significant reward program to be offered by RCR for any information leading to the location, arrest and conviction of any suspects involved in the destruction of the lift control building on December 18th, 2021.
Details will be following soon, but there is a process we are currently going through with the RCMP to ensure it is done properly. We were not consulted by, or associated in any way with, the individuals who created the GoFundMe program asking for donations, and will not be involved in the collection or administration of those funds.”
The Resort commended the efforts and the intent of these two locals who took it upon themselves to start this campaign, but reiterated that RCR has in fact been working on a substantial reward since the fire was deemed to be arson by the RCMP.
The Bulletin will report more on this at the time RCR and KAR are able to make their announcement."