Ruiter Family Barn Fire Recovery

Since 1962, two generations of the Ruiter family have farmed Black Rapids Dairy Farm, on land leased from the National Capital Commission (NCC).  Throughout that time they have been a staple in the community.

(The barn before the fire, as seen on Google Street View)

As you may have heard, on Friday September 8 their livelihood was destroyed by a devastating fire.  Although the family had insurance, sadly the damage goes far beyond what was insurable. Insurance will not provide enough to cover the massive loss and to rebuild their lives. The early estimates of damage exceed $1 million.

(photo by Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Citizen)

We know that in times of need the Ruiters have always been the first to step forward and help.  In this difficult time, we - a group of friends from their community - have come together to create this fundraising campaign. These funds will assist with their immediate and ongoing needs.



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  • Vesna Bacic 
    • $25 
    • 35 mos
  • Doug and Lois Moodie 
    • $300 
    • 35 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 35 mos
  • Tigers Family 
    • $165 
    • 35 mos
  • Caroline Gunning-Trant 
    • $100 
    • 35 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Caroline Bachynski 
Nepean, ON
Peter Ruiter 
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