Fortunately, the fire that took “Cowboy” Mike’s home on January 19th didn’t harm anyone or any of his animalsMike Richards Fundraiser. Mike wasn’t home when the fire started and thanks to an alert neighbour, the fire department responded quickly and did a great job. The fire was contained to the home and didn’t spread.

Many of his possessions survived the blaze but are smoke damaged and are now a write off. There is no insurance to pay for rebuilding and a fundraiser is being held on June 6th at the Almonte Civitan Club to support this project. He is also selling part of his property to raise funds.

Mike is well known in the horse community and for his work with the Salvation Army church, many of Ottawa’s shelters and community programs. He does a great deal of work with the homeless, the mentally ill and those who are battling addictions. He helps people get back on their feet and start new lives all the time. Many of the people that Mike has helped are not in a position to offer financial support but they are coming forward with offers to help with labour and materials.

He is also famous for his dancing at locations throughout the Ottawa Valley and will no doubt be dancing up a storm at the Fundraiser on June 6th at the Almonte Civitan Club. ROADHOUSE will be playing all of Mike’s favourite tunes and a huge turnout is expected. His big heart has helped many people and now he needs your help.

Contact HelpMikeRebuild@gmail.com or 613-212-5190 for more info and tickets. Community donations and volunteers to help with the event would be welcomed.