The Baynes Sound Lions roll a wheelbarrow full of donations up Highway 19A every year to contribute to the CVCDA telethon.

Child Development telethon looking for fundraising ideas

  • Jul. 22, 2015 8:00 a.m.

By Mark Allan

The Comox Valley Child Development Association hopes you can help it celebrate the 40th anniversary of its telethon.

The annual event, scheduled for Nov. 1 at the Sid Williams Theatre, is the biggest fundraiser of the year to help operate the Comox Valley Child Development Centre.

The people who offer services to assist developmentally challenged children and their families are asking you to add some new pre-telethon fundraisers.

“We have a lot of long-standing groups that are going to do the same fundraisers they have done for a long time,” says CVCDC executive director Joanne Schroeder.

The Baynes Sound Lions, who trundle a wheelbarrow full of donations up Highway 19A and present the money during the telethon, run the best-known existing fundraiser.

CVCDA president Pam Crowe thanks people who have supported the cause in the past, citing the Tin Grin Cup golf tournament run for a decade by dentist Paul Helpard at Shoreline Orthodontics.

Other Shoreline fundraisers have been the Great Brace and Dentistry in Denim.

The Triple Trouble Comedy Showcase is a fundraiser that began last year that will be repeated this year, Schroeder says.

It happens Sept. 19 at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay. An evening of comedy and music from Kenny Shaw, Todd Butler and John Reynolds includes a meal.

The event is organized by the Royston-Cumberland Lions. Tickets cost $30 and are available at the CVCDC at 237 Third St. in Courtenay.

Comox Rotarians annually donate $5,000 from their annual Ducky 500 event on Canada Day and service clubs hold other events to help raise operating funds.

“Artist Judi Wild is going to donate a print of a very lovely piece she has called the Spirit Bear for everyone who donates at least $540,” Schroeder adds as an example of a new fundraiser.

 

The association hopes it can crack the $100,000 mark this year, which would be a substantial increase from the $85,000 collected in 2014.

 

One suggested fundraiser is Brown Bag Mondays in which people would bring lunch to work for a few weeks and donate what they would have spent buying lunch.

Other suggestions include a walk, run or jump for the kids; an old-fashioned bake sale; being baggers for a day at a grocery store; a board game tournament; a dog wash; an auction for lunch with the boss; a bucket to collect donations from your customers; a dance-a-thon; yard cleanups and a spelling bee.

If you have questions or an idea for a fundraiser, contact Joanne Schroeder at 250-338-4288, ext, 233, or e-mail her at  joanne@cvcda.ca.

 

Mark Allan is a freelance writer and a former editor of the Comox Valley Record.

 

 

Just Posted

Commemorative plaque stolen from Sandwick Cairn in Courtenay

The peacekeepers plaque has been stolen from the Sandwick Cairn on Dingwall… Continue reading

Painter Fiona Ackerman starts North Island College fall 2019 Artist Talk Series

Acclaimed Vancouver-based painter Fiona Ackerman will join North Island College as the… Continue reading

Comox Valley Record readers ‘Take us Along’ on holidays

When it comes to spreading the news, readers of the Comox Valley… Continue reading

Teachers protest to get Courtenay-Comox MLA’s attention

Representatives concerned about class size and composition issues

Some Cumberland businesses closing for climate strike rally Friday

A Climate Strike Cumberland Solidarity Rally is set for outside the Cumberland municipal office

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

U.S.’s largest retailer points to ‘growing’ complications in federal, state and local regulations

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

Courtenay college uses former hospital space

North Island College is broadening its horizons to St. Joseph’s Hospital in… Continue reading

Crown alleges resentment of ex-wife drove Oak Bay father to kill his daughters

Patrick Weir alleged in his closing arguments that Andrew Berry is responsible for the deaths of his daughters

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

Victoria man spots online photo of his totem pole 11 years after it was stolen

Mark Trueman restored the pole himself before it was stolen off of his property in Duncan

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, as well as New World Tea and Coffee House

Most Read