MARS toting a new fundraiser

Tote bags launching Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Black Creek Fall Fair

The owl carryall is one of the new tote bags available.

The owl carryall is one of the new tote bags available.

Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society’s (MARS) brand new fundraiser is launching Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Black Creek Fall Fair.

“Raptor, turtles, bears, fawns, sockeye – put wildlife on a functional and fashionable tote bag and you have a fashion statement like no other,” said volunteer co-ordinator Dianne Pollock.

The bags are available in a variety of sizes from a versatile shopping, travel carryall or beach bag, to a dressy bag for a night out, down to the smallest bag for an iPhone. Constructed of PVC coated fibreglass mesh, decorated with fabric images of native animals, birds, and aquatic life and then topped off with some dazzling bling, they are strong, functional and designed for use.

They are competitively priced from $10 to $40 for the largest bag and any size would make a unique and useful gift.

All the bags are made locally in the Comox Valley and Campbell River by dedicated volunteers who saw the need and stepped in with their artistic skills.

“Without these volunteers, this project simply couldn’t have gotten off the ground,” said Pollock. “In fact, MARS would still like to hear from sewers who have a little time to devote to this fundraiser as feedback has been very positive and they expect strong interest.”

MARS has attracted attention recently for being at the centre of a number of abandoned and  orphaned fawns (16, and counting) that they have successfully rehabilitated. The fawns will be released back to their natural habitat by November. While MARS staff and volunteers are extremely pleased with their success, feeding 16 hungry fawns depleted MARS funds and their care is an ongoing cost.

Fundraising is crucial to keeping the doors open at MARS and like many charities, they are getting creative in ways to attract donations.

“It is part of our philosophy that where possible, we want to give back to the donors in some way and the tote bag fundraiser does that,”  said Maj Birch, founder and manager of MARS.

The Black Creek Fall Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at 2001 Black Creek Road.

 

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

Just Posted

The current location of Comox Valley Search and Rescue on Moray Avenue in Courtenay. Google Maps photo
Comox Valley Search and Rescue aiming to purchase a roof for their rescuers

Their goal is to raise between $1.2 and $1.5 million, approximately the purchase price of a facility

A bear is seen walking down Alderwood Place in east Courtenay Sunday (May 9) morning. Video screenshot/Kristie Cave
Video: Bears spotted throughout Comox Valley

Hide food sources, keep garbage away: conservation

Carter Woods was first across the line at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Saturday in Altstadt, Germany. File photo
Cumberland mountain biker wins World Cup race in Germany

Carter Woods of Cumberland won a World Cup mountain bike race Saturday… Continue reading

The flowers of Darmera peltata (Indian rhubarb) before the leaves emerge. Photo by Leslie Cox
DUCHESS OF DIRT: Plenty of ‘wow’ factor in the garden in spring

Leslie Cox Special to The Record I can’t help it. I like… Continue reading

WestJet in flight. Black Press file photo
Two COVID exposures on WestJet flight into Comox

The BC Centre for Disease Control has posted advisories for two separate… Continue reading

A bullet hole is seen in the windshield of an RCMP vehicle approximately 4 km from Vancouver International Airport after a one person was killed during a shooting outside the international departures terminal at the airport, in Richmond, B.C., Sunday, May 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Homicide team IDs man in fatal YVR shooting as police grapple with spate of gang violence

Man, 20, charged in separate fatal shooting Burnaby over the weekend

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

The only access to 5th Street bridge heading east (toward Lewis Park) is via Anderton Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell.
Single lane alternating traffic controls on Courtenay bridge now in effect

Single lane alternating traffic on the 5th Street Bridge is now in… Continue reading

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) makes a save on Winnipeg Jets’ Nate Thompson (11) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg, Monday, May 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade
Vancouver Canucks see NHL playoff hopes dashed despite 3-1 win over Winnipeg

Montreal Canadiens earn final North Division post-season spot

The B.C. legislature went from 85 seats to 87 before the 2017 election, causing a reorganization with curved rows and new desks squeezed in at the back. The next electoral boundary review could see another six seats added. (Black Press files)
B.C. election law could add six seats, remove rural protection

North, Kootenays could lose seats as cities gain more

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the shooting of an Indigenous woman in the Ucluelet First Nation community of Hitacu. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. First Nation wants ‘massive change’ after its 3rd police shooting in less than a year

Nuu-chah-nulth woman recovering from gunshot wounds in weekend incident near Ucluelet

Nurse Gurinder Rai, left, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Maria Yule at a Fraser Health drive-thru vaccination site, in Coquitlam, B.C., on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. The site is open for vaccinations 11 hours per day to those who have pre-booked an appointment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID vaccine bookings to open for adults 40+, or 18+ in hotspots, across B.C.

Only people who have registered will get their alert to book

Most Read