Having fun and raising money

Shiver Me Timbers! Pirates invaded the Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA) last week for fun and fundraising.

STEVE AND NAOMI Carmichael and Gillian and Dr. Leo Johnson play Spinclusion at the Comox Valley Child Development Association.

Shiver Me Timbers! Pirates invaded the Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA) last week for fun and fundraising.

As part of this year’s Shoreline Orthodontics Amazing Brace, local dental teams followed their treasure maps to various Comox Valley landmarks.

At the Comox Valley Child Development association, they walked the plank, duelled with swords, and strapped on their peg legs.  They even had to pay a ransom to get their kidnapped teammates out of the brig.

All those ransoms will be added up to donate to this year’s Children’s Telethon, broadcast live on Shaw TV on Nov. 4.

This event marks the 15th year that Dr. Paul Helpard and the Shoreline Orthodontics team have brought the dental community together for a day of fun and education while at the same time helping others.

Throughout the years, the group has raised over $245,000 for children’s charities in the Comox Valley, Campbell River and Powell River.

The CVCDA has been a grateful recipient of the generosity of the local dental community for the full 15 years. The event was a great opportunity for the CVCDA staff to showcase some of the therapeutic equipment and materials that past donations have helped to purchase.

As well as swordplay and plank-walking, the dental teams worked together to learn about community inclusion and how various disabilities affect learning and activities of daily living.

In addition to the time spent at the CVCDA teams also found their way to the Courtenay branch of ScotiaBank where they sailed the seas on an impressive ship built by ScotiaBank staff.

Gold and treasures awaited the lucky pirates who were wise enough to be able to unlock the safe at Graham’s Jewellers. To continue with the education component of the day, participants were required to answer a series of dental-related questions before they were provided with a Canada Post mail box key.

Once inside the mailbox every buccaneer had the opportunity to enter for a chance to win one of two computer monitors donated by On Deck Systems of Courtenay. The streets of the Comox Valley were a hot place but the gelato treats provided by Hot Chocolates helped cool down even the feistiest of buccaneers.

What pirating event would be complete without a stop at the neighbourhood watering hole? The Blackfin Pub generously donated a reward for every old salt and their mate once they were able to prove they had located a hidden treasure.

For complete pictures of the event, check out Shoreline Orthodontics.

For more information about the CVCDA, visit www.cvcda.ca or call 250-338-4288.

— Comox Valley Child Development Centre

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