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Faron Hall receives awards

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WINNIPEG — "Homeless hero" Faron Hall's $1,000 donation to the Main Street Project this morning may not rescue the Main Street Project from a deficit this year, but it was warmly welcomed by an organization that serves the needy and is in need itself.

The Main Street Project is running a deficit this year.

It is estimating more than 23,000 visits to its shelter program this year, and another 11,000 intakes for its so-called drunk tank.

Hall, who has been a client at the Main Street Project, gave the donation from the Winnipeg Foundation-administered Faron Hall National Fund for the Homeless. It was started after Hall swam out and pulled a man from the Red River last spring, the first of two river rescues he would perform over a four-month period.

In another ceremony at the Main Street Project this morning the Manitoba Life Saving Society presented Hall with two medals for his efforts. And the International Supreme Master Television Network, a spiritual broadcasting system which gave $2,000 to Hall's fund for the homeless, gave him its Hero Award.

Hall could be in line for another award.

An RCMP officer is conducting an investigation into one of the rescues on behalf of Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean.

Each year the Governor General decorates Canadians who risked heir lives to save or protect the lives of others. The most recent awards, dating to incidents as far back as 2005, were presented late last month.

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