Members of the Chinese community in British Columbia have donated $51,500 to help rebuild the Lytton Chinese History Museum, which was destroyed in the wildfires that ravaged much of the village on last summer.
“These funds will help us in a very concrete way to rebuild an important testimony of the Chinese pioneers who helped build British Columbia,” said Lorna Fandrich, founder and curator of the museum, in a press release.
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The Canada Chinese Loving Volunteer Association, along with more than two dozen organizations and individuals, helped raise funds to rebuild the museum using a series of videos posted on social media.
The campaign has attracted the attention of various groups and donors, primarily in the Lower Mainland, including the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver, the Canadian Alliance of Chinese Associations, GoldenTop Financial Services Inc. and All Harmony Financial Services Ltd.
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Donors recently traveled to Lytton to present Fandrich with the check for $51,500.
“I am amazed by the generosity of the Chinese-Canadian community,” Fandrich said.
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The Lytton Chinese History Museum was established by Fandrich in 2017 to collect, preserve and display artifacts and photos with the aim of encouraging the contributions made to the interior of British Columbia by thousands of miners, railroad workers, merchants and Chinese farmers.
It is not yet known when the museum will be finished at this time.
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