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ROTARY ROUNDUP: A community of Rotarians

A pancake breakfast May 24 raised $2,000 for Sources food bank. - Contributed photo
A pancake breakfast May 24 raised $2,000 for Sources food bank.
— image credit: Contributed photo

The five Rotary clubs of the South Surrey/White Rock area are working together for our community.

The clubs – Peach Arch, Peninsula, Semiahmoo, South Surrey and White Rock – held a fundraising breakfast on May 24 at the First United Church in White Rock. Community members were amazed at the pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, juice, coffee and tea that they received for a mere $15.

All proceeds go to Sources’ food bank to help feed the hungry.

On display was a basket of items the food bank might provide a family of five. People were asked to guess how much it cost to fill the basket. Guesses ranged from $48.40 to more than $400. The actual cost was just over $300.

In addition to food, many people need baby diapers, paper products, cleaning products and pet food.

The more than 150 attendees at the breakfast were generous, bringing food items and even making cash donations. Close to $2,000 was raised for the food bank.

The five clubs wish to thank the community, Save-on Foods and Buy Low Foods for their support and donations.

We are working on making this an annual event.

• On Sunday, May 4, many turned out for the Hike for Hospice at Blackie Spit Park in Crescent Beach, all in support of the White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society.

The successful fundraiser was able – even in the rain and cold – to raise funds for the needy in our area.

The Rotary Club of South Surrey provided refreshments in the form of hotdogs to more than 120 people.

Despite the weather conditions – and the fact that our tent almost blew away! – it seemed that we were the go-to-place.

Who would have thought that foil-wrapped hot dogs would be aspopular to keep one’s hands warm as to eat?

Thanks to Cobs Bread and Clancy’s Meat Co., both at South Point Annex, who, respectively, donated the hot dog buns free of charge, and a generous donation of hotdogs at their cost.

• Semiahmoo Rotary is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Over the years there have been many projects done in our community. Some have been hands-on, including: Alexandra House deck and fence building (completed this spring); Peace Arch Fellowship Church (Grace) monthly dinners preparation, serving and cleanup; Atira House (women’s shelter) painting/deck building/Christmas hampers; SOS Children’s Village donations and help with playground construction; Adopt-a-Street Program street cleanup and beach cleanup.

Funding has also been donated to many local projects. Some of these include: $100,000 contribution towards construction of the Rotary Field House and recent kitchen upgrade, Semiahmoo Library $75,000, Laronde Elementary outdoor play equipment, Bakerview Park playground $10,000, Rotary Water Park picnic shelter/swings set, skateboard park, bike park and Pamela Cameron “Forever Garden” at South Surrey Athletic Park, Semiahmoo House & Peace Arch Community Services Vans, donations to Coast Guard search and rescue boat, baseball backstop (concession/changing rooms) and Ocean Athletics Track and Field equipment storage at South Surrey Athletic Park, NightShift clothing donations and purchased food for the food bank.

It has been 25 years to remember.

Valerie Giles writes monthly on behalf of the Semiahmoo Peninsula’s five Rotary Clubs. New members are always welcome. For information she can be reached at valeriegiles@shaw.ca

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