The Alberni Project Society’s fundraiser Coins For Convoys takes place throughout the month of March.
Which adds a bit more to TAPS regular visitor donations. Every dollar in loose change brought into the HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial as well as any TAP Mobile exhibits around Vancouver Island, adds one mile to the virtual “Merchant Navy’s Convoy” from Halifax to Londonderry. In some years past, the convoy has extended 100 miles “out of port.”
The idea behind the fundraiser stemmed from the fundraisers of decades past where recycling, saving, buying war bonds and the like were advertised as accomplishing something tangible, such as an extra plane, or an extra ship to the war effort. By encouraging people to bring in their jars of loose change that may be sitting around and emptying them into the donation bucket, TAPS has been able to offset some of the costs associated with keeping the museum open year-round.
HAMM is located in the Comox Centre Mall at the Blue Arch Entrance. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
For more information contact HAMM at 250-339-4322.