Chocolate bar sales to benefit United Way campaign

The United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) has partnered with Bernard Callebaut Chocolates.

THE UNITED WAY team from RBC was at the campaign kickoff breakfast. From left

THE UNITED WAY team from RBC was at the campaign kickoff breakfast. From left

The United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) has partnered with Bernard Callebaut Chocolates for the second year to sell chocolate bars during the Change Starts Here campaign.

The UWCNVI hope to raise $8,000 this year from chocolate sales.

The specially branded United Way milk or dark chocolate bars can be purchased for $2 each or boxes of 30 can be purchased for $60. One dollar from each bar sold goes directly to the United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island campaign that funds critically needed programs for kids, youth and seniors in the Comox Valley.

Chocolates will be sold through a variety of workplace fundraising campaigns until the end of the year. Individuals or businesses interested in purchasing boxes to sell can contact info@uwcnvi.ca or 250-338-1151.

Last year, 9,000 chocolate bars were sold, raising $9,000 for the campaign.

The 2012/13 Change Starts Here campaign aims to raise $700,000 for 22 charities in the Central Island for programs that support kids, youth and seniors that make a difference in their lives.

Donations can be made online at www.uwcnvi.ca or by calling 250-338-1151.

Since 1958, United Way CNVI has invested in programs and services that help people to improve their lives and that strengthen our community. Last year, UWCNVI raised $986,000 across Central and Northern Island communities.

Because of the generosity of donors and volunteers, UWCNVI was able to make grants in 2012 to 44 charities supporting 50 programs for children, youth and seniors in Central Island, the Comox Valley and Campbell River.

UWCNVI also manages the Success by 6 early childhood development programs throughout the Central and Northern Island and plays a part in working to reduce homelessness by being the Community Entity for Nanaimo’s Homelessness Strategy.

— United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island

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