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Benevolent Fund receives $10,000 boost

Following the success of the Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols at the All Angels Chapel on Dec. 1, the Chaplains' Benevolent Fund received a major boost from Canada Company.

A cheque for $10,000 was presented by 19 Wing Honorary Colonel Donald Hewson on Dec. 2 to the Benevolent Fund, which supports military families during emergencies or crises.

In addition to the Canada Company donation, $1,311 was raised by over 150 attendees of the service. Since then, HCol Hewson raised a further $1,500.

"This service has two basic objectives: to bring together military families to celebrate the joy of the Advent and Christmas seasons and to raise funds for the Chaplains' Benevolent Fund," said 19 Wing chaplain Maj. Matthew Lucas.

The service featured carols by the Comox Valley's own Celebration Singers as well as a sermon by Lieut.-Col. Christopher Ryan, Command Chaplain of 1 Canadian Air Division.

"The Chaplains' Benevolent Fund is a great cause," said Hewson. "Helping and giving to those not as fortunate is what this time of year is all about and Padre Ryan's sermon reinforced those feelings for me on Sunday."

The chaplains at 19 Wing actively raise money for the fund throughout the year, but this donation represents a substantial jump in their abilities to provide emergency support to local military families.

"The members of the Canadian Armed Forces are only as good as the support they receive from their families; if the Chaplains' fund can help families through this donation, I consider it a successful mission," said Hewson. "Through the generosity of a few members of the B.C. chapter of Canada Company, and chairman Blake Golding, it is our honour to make this donation."

Canada Company was founded in May 2006 with a pledge to stand shoulder to shoulder with CAF members for the sacrifices that they make every day. Since then, the organization has grown to over 500 members and has become an influential voice advocating for armed forces members at home and abroad.

"Overall, I am elated by the participation of the wing commander, Col. Jim Benninger, and all those members of the 19 Wing team who contributed to making this service a wonderful event that has, for the second year in a row, brought us together as a community and in the spirit of giving," said Lucas.

— 19 Wing Comox

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