We have been very fortunate over the past two years to receive grants from the Alberta Government, Community Spirit Program for our Al Azhar Shrine Hospital Patient Transportation Fund.  These funds have assisted in the payment of maintenance on the Shrine bus which transports patients to the Spokane Shriners Hospital and for airfare expenses for our patients travelling to other Shriners Hospitals throughout North America. 


We are very grateful to the Alberta Government for their support of our Philanthropy.  Their grants have allowed us to greatly impact the lives of our patients and their families.


In the past three years 5,031 applicants in Alberta, including the Al Azhar Shrine Hospital Patient Transportation Fund, have shared in a total of $52.9 million from this program.  These groups also included an arts group from the Crowsnest Pass, a women's shelter in Medicine Hat, a swim club from Grande Prairie, a historic society in Jasper and a provincial United Way organization, along with many other worthwhile projects.  Anyone interested in viewing the list of those charitable organizations who benefited from this program can find the information on the Government of Alberta website at http://www.communityspiritprogram.ca/.


It is great to see the difference the Community Spirit Program is making!