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Feeley fundraiser headlines run of community giving
• Congrats to all involved with the Oct. 26 Maggie Feeley Bottle Drive. Sophy Roberge of Island Return It tells us 100,000 units were dropped off for recycling, resulting in more than $8,000 in funds — one of the largest bottles drives in the depot’s history. On top of that, community members also donated $2,400 in cash.
“Despite the tragic events that brought us all out, we are honoured and grateful to be a part of such a strong, supportive and caring community,” Gill Polard, Island Return It marketing co-ordinator said. We would like to thank Julie Grimsson, a volunteer who spearheaded this fundraiser and was absolutely instrumental in its success. Despite the fact that Julie never knew Maggie, she threw herself into her goal of raising funds for Maggie’s family.”
• Duncan Christian School’s Leon Van Essen passes along a big thank you to those who helped in the school’s annual Rice Raiser Event at Thrifty Foods in Duncan. As a result, 1,852 kg of rice with an approximate dollar value of $5,546 was purchased. Thrifty Foods subsidized the rice and donations totaling $920 were also collected, matched times four by CIDA, the Canadian International Development Agency, resulting in a contribution of $4,600 for International Hunger Relief.
• More thank yous from Jim and Jackie Barker of the Garden House Foundation for the support of the sixth-annual Garden House Foundation charity book sale held recently at Bonner School. The event generated $10,800 – their best sale ever! The foundation will reach $70,000 by the end of December and is on track to hit $100,000 in 2015. Instrumental this year were two Bonner Grade 7 classes and their teachers, Dave Posey and Myra Rogers, Chris Waddell and the Island Savings Youth Team, and a bevy of adult volunteers.
• The official results of the Maple Mountain trail opening are in. According to Dan Robin, 171 mountian bike riders signed in and 61 hikers. Of that, more than half the hikers were ages 60-80 years old. Since many participants missed the sign-in, organizers estimated the actual number of participants at about 250. The Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society is spearheaded by Robin Kenyon, Bruce Muir, Cal and Jane Kaiser, Riley McIntosh and Beverly Seip.
• Crafty Cuppa has moved to 9828 Croft Street, off Maple Lane in Chemainus and hosted its grand re-opening on Halloween: “Eat, Drink & be Scary.”
• The Rotary Club of Chemainus is fundraising to send nine of its members to Guatemala in February to help fix roofs, build bed frames, dig latrines and whatever else is needed to help the citizens of the impoverished Central American country.
• Congratulations to Saltair painter Carrie Kendall. Her painting was chosen Best in Show earlier this month during the opening of the Multi Media Fine Art Exhibition at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery.