DEDICATED AND PROLIFIC fundraiser Andrea Martin has raised more than $100

DEDICATED AND PROLIFIC fundraiser Andrea Martin has raised more than $100

Andrea Martin, huge part of Comox Valley Scotiabank MS Walk

Andrea Martin has raised upwards of $100,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada since 2004

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada – North Vancouver Island Chapter recognizes the fundraising achievement of Andrea Martin, who has raised upwards of $100,000 since 2004.

The primary focus of Martin’s efforts is the Comox Valley Scotiabank MS Walk. This year, she raised $15,000, again making her the top individual fundraiser of the event — as has been the case since 2006.

“It is no understatement that the Comox Valley MS Walk would be a very different event and the financial outcome would be very much impacted without Andrea’s involvement,” said Cherie Kamenz, chapter fundraising co-ordinator. “She consistently raises anywhere from 25 to 35 per cent of the total funds brought in by the MS Walk. We are very grateful for her support and believe she deserves to be recognized in the wider community for her work with the MS Society of Canada.”

Martin’s network of support includes her husband, Ryan Williams, her parents and her mother–in–law, Susan O’Boyle, all of whom make generous annual donations to the society by way of personal donations, sponsorship of Ski for MS, and third party fundraising events.

Her husband, a realtor, contributes every year with contributions based on a specific amount per transaction from the past year. In April, he donated $3,300 to his wife, which brings his overall MS Walk donations to just over $17,000 since 2004. He has also been a bronze level sponsor of Ski for MS since 2008.

O’Boyle hosts an annual fundraising auction and dinner under the banner of Andrea’s Atlantic Allies. Since 2004, she has raised more than $59,000 at this event. She was instrumental in ensuring that Andrea surpass the $100,000 milestone this year.

Martin also receives donations from friends, family and members of the community.

In 2005, she created her fundraising team, Andrea’s Allies, to encourage others to get involved in the fight against MS. A teacher at École Robb Road, Martin educates students about MS and inspires them to join fundraise with her. Over the years, Andrea’s Allies have included students and former students who, with the support of parents, have raised $3,116.95 at the MS Walk and Ski for MS.

In addition to those who become Andrea’s Allies team members and fundraise, many more of her student’s families make donations directly to Andrea and then come out to the MS Walk to support her. With all of this support, it has not been unusual over years to have upwards of 40 people in Andrea’s Allies team photos.

As well as being an avid MS Walk fundraiser and team captain, Andrea has also volunteered for our annual Carnation Campaign and assisted with initial planning Ski for MS. She is always happy to help, eager to be involved and brings out the best in everyone around her.

The MS Society of Canada raises 95 per cent of its revenue independently through personal and corporate donations.

— MS Society of Canada

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Comox Strathcona Waste Management expects to go to tender this summer for the regional organics compost facility in Campbell River. File photo/Black Press
Comox Strathcona compost site should go to tender this summer

The regional organics facility is on target to open for the fall of 2022

The site of the King George Hotel in Cumberland. Photo by Mike Chouinard
VIU students research Cumberland’s past, future

Specific practicum topics were King George Hotel’s significance, densification incentives

Courtenay–Alberni MP Gord Johns says 12 million Canadians do not have dental insurance. Photo by Bofu Shaw, courtesy of Unsplash
Courtenay–Alberni MP, CDA consider dental care for all Canadians

Gord Johns has initiated a mail-out that asks constituents the date of… Continue reading

A 407 Squadron CP-140 Aurora, along with a Halifax-Class frigate enforce United Nations sanctions against North Korea in support of Op Neon in 2019. Canadian Forces photo/submitted
407 Squadron defends Canada for 80 years

The Comox-based squadron celebrating special anniversary

Jasmine Francoeur from Comox is an aviation technician for the Snowbirds air demonstration team. Photo by Canadian Forces/submitted
Comox’s Jasmine Francoeur’s career comes full circle with the Snowbirds

“To fly out here, fly into my hometown, it’s very special and I feel very lucky”

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

A map showing where the most number of cases were recorded from April 23 to 29. This map, revealing a breakdown of infections by neighborhood, was pulled from a data package leaked to the Vancouver Sun last week (and independently verified).
36 Abbotsford schools flagged for COVID-19 exposures in the last 2 weeks, shattering record

Clearbrook Elementary recorded an ‘exposure’ on all 11 school days

Island Health has confirmed COVID-19 exposures at Ecole des Deux Mondes in Campbell River on May 4 and 5, and at Mill Bay Nature School in Mill Bay on April 28, 29, 30 and May 3. (Metro Creative photo)
Two new COVID-19 school exposures confirmed by Island Health

Health authority contacting anyone exposed at Ecole des Deux Mondes, Mill Bay Nature School

Canada’s chief public health officer is reminding Canadians even those who are fully vaccinated are not immune from transmitting the COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns full vaccination does not equal full protection from COVID-19

Post-inoculation, Theresa Tam says the risk of asymptomatic infection and transmission is far lower but not obsolete

The dash cam footage, taken May 7 at 8:18 a.m. belonged to the driver of a southbound vehicle that recently travelled out of the tunnel. (Reddit/Screen grab)
VIDEO: Dash cam captures dramatic rollover crash on Highway 99

Only one person sustained injuries from the collision, says B.C. Ambulance Services

Chevy stranded on a ledge above a rocky canyon at Mimi Falls near Logan Lake, April 28, 2021. (Photo credit: Margot Wikjord)
Police officer and fire chief team up in risky rescue of stranded dog near Logan Lake

Chevy, a rescue dog, needed rescuing again after getting stuck on a ledge above rocky canyon

Most Read