The annual Explore Gigantic Garage Sale and Fundraiser goes this Saturday at G.P. Vanier gym, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the largest annual garage sale in the Comox Valley and it is so much more than just a garage sale.
Individuals, families and local organizations have donated furniture, clothing, sports equipment, books, CDs, DVDs and other household items. There is also a huge Silent Auction where many local businesses and individuals have donated over $4,000 worth of goods, services or gift certificates to help raise funds for the Explore program.
Silent bidding begins at 8 a.m.
Equally popular is the plant sale, for which local nurseries and gardeners have donated plants, flowers and trees.
There is also a bake sale and a concession stand. Students and parents have also organized a car wash in the G.P. Vanier parking lot.
All proceeds from the garage sale will support the SD 71 Explore Outdoor Education program. Explore combines academics with the powerful learning experience that comes from challenging yourself in the outdoors. Explore integrates orthodox high school classes with kayaking and hiking expeditions to teach students teamwork, leadership, personal challenge and environmental stewardship.
Explore has been running at G.P. Vanier since 2001 and each year, 48 Grade 11 students are selected from a pool of applicants across the school district. To date, over 600 students have completed the life-changing program.
There is still time to contribute. If you have items you would like to donate to the garage sale, drop them off Friday, after 3:30 p.m. at G.P. Vanier gym – 4830 Headquarters Rd. For more info, visit the garage sale website -bit.ly/1kqNB1O or contact Janine Murray (garage sale co-ordinator) at 250-337-2260.