If the bottle drive can’t go out to the community, the community can still go to the bottle drive.
On April 10, volunteers for the Comox Valley Cyclepaths were set to accept bottles and cans from drivers at the Driftwood Mall parking lot. The team also got permission from both the mall and Island Health to hold the event.
The group takes part every summer in Vancouver Island’s Cycle of Life tour, which raises money for hospice programs.
By midday Saturday, they’d already brought in more than a gravel truck’s full of empties, as volunteers sorted and stockpiled the bottles and cans. The drive-through fundraiser was made possible through partnerships with businesses such as Canadian Tire.
Last year’s Cyclepaths raised more than $40,000 from their fundraising efforts, putting them at the top among the teams on Vancouver Island. For 2021, the eighth annual tour will again be a bit different due to COVID-19 protocols. It’s set for July, as about 125 riders will be riding almost 200 km over two days.
There is more information on the tour at https://bit.ly/3wJFrwk