It was a night of celebration at Commonwealth Stadium Wednesday, for Fire Aid in support of the community of Fort McMurray and the regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
We spoke with one of the event organizers named Leanne who says they followed a familiar template, putting this show together.
“This was actually really easy. It started with a group of folks from Calgary who had done the Flood Aid and then we recognized that this was an amazing opportunity to do the same thing for the folks of Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo Region as what was done in Calgary after the horrific floods.”
Sister Station CISN Country 103.9’s Chris Scheetz was on hand to soak up the love and support for our neighbors to the north.
“I’m feeling it in the crowd, it’s an incredible vibe. It’s a vibe of love, it’s a vibe of people together, standing together. In Fort McMurray they’re simulcasting it back to Fort McMurray so it looks like there’s thousands there watching the concert and it’s just an incredible feeling. Alberta Strong. That’s the best way to describe it. Alberta Strong in the crowd tonight.”
Scheetz says he had the chance to speak with many residents of Fort McMurray who came back to Edmonton to take part in Fire Aid.
“They just can’t believe the support they’ve gotten and they’re so appreciative. It’s all about rebuilding now, it’s going to cost money and it’s going to take time. It’s going to require a whole lot of commitment from a whole bunch of people and tonight is one of the events that helps people want to rebuild and want to continue moving on in Fort McMurray.”
Just before headliners Nickleback took the stage a cheque for $2 million was presented to the United Way of Fort McMurray.
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