Current Environmental partners Rupert Wong (left) and Warren Fleenor (right) present Comox Valley Transition Society executive director Heather Ney with a cheque for $6,000. “Our organization has been very fortunate to stay afloat throughout this pandemic,” said Wong. “We felt compelled to do something that would have a positive impact on our community. We wanted to help an organization working directly with people in need. As a neighbour to the old thrift store, we have seen first-hand the agility, innovation and resilience demonstrated by CVTS, and we felt this was the right fit.” Tōshikan Traditional Karate and Kobudō sensei Mac Newton presents a $500 cheque to Teresa, manager of the Comox Valley Food Bank. The money was raised as part of a series of fundraisers put on by Newton, with his students. “I wanted to create ways to keep students (both children and adults) motivated, so I introduced three fundraising events - one for April, one for May, one for June - called ‘The 108’ (the challenge of completing 108 series of techniques in succession). “We knew that charitable organizations would be in need, particularly in the time of Covid-19, so we wanted to contribute. The practice of karate is mostly about becoming a better person, so this kind of community involvement is a perfect way to express that way of being. We’ve always done an annual fundraiser, and I think we’ll do these more frequently now.” Tōshikan Traditional Karate and Kobudō sensei Mac Newton presents a cheque for $308 to MARS Wildlife Rescue president Warren Warttig. Trudy Barr, team manager for the Comox Valley Midget Team #3 “The Darryls.” presents a cheque to Comox Valley Food Bank president Mitch Moncrieff. “At the end of the season our team could not get together to have a team party to celebrate an awesome season, so we wanted to help out those who needed help,” said Barr. “We donated $372 to the Comox Valley Food Bank. I brought a picture of the team as we would be unable to socially distance ourselves.” Owners of local Cobs Bread location, Charlotte and Dean Seal are seen presenting cheque (socially distanced) to CVCDA executive director, Cindy Xavier. The cheque was a donation from Cobs Bread Summer Fundraiser in the amount of $1,289. The fundraiser took place July 20-24, where every six-pack of hot dog or hamburger buns purchased, $1 was donated back to the Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA). Dallas Smith, right, president of the Nanwakolas Council, presents a cheque for $41,739 to Randall Heidt, executive director of the North Island College Foundation. The money was raised at the 2019 Nanwakolas golf tournament to support Indigenous students at NIC. Both NIC and the Nanwakolas Council would like to thank all of the sponsors and golfers who made this donation possible. On Saturday Sept. 19 Rotary Club of Cumberland Centennial held its inaugural Food Drive. When QF Manager Rob Byrnes found out this was happening his first words were “how can we help?” Pictured here are Cumberland Centennial Rotarians Kathy Stevens, co-chair of the food drive and community services director Barb Giroday receiving 20 bags of groceries from Rob Byrnes Mgr. of Quality Foods, Courtenay location. The 100+ Women Who Care Comox Valley is a group of women within the community who meet four times per year, and commit to making a $100 charitable donation to a local organization each time they meet. The group chose the Care-A-Van as the recipient for their summer 2020 donation, of$9,600. Pictured, Sheri Bourrie (left) and Sabina Acheson of the Comox Bay Care Society flank (second from left) Lisa Wilcox, Rayme Pasieka, Jenny Day, and Carol Daize of the 100+ Women Who Care Comox Valley.
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