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Fundraiser honours community member and local support group

Members of The Shooters raised $4,489.95 for MADD Comox Valley
Around 70 people braved rainy conditions to show support and raise funds to honour a community member during a fundraising run on Nov. 27 in Courtenay. Photo submitted.

Around 70 people braved rainy conditions to show support and raise funds to honour a community member and to support a Comox Valley organization in her name.

On Nov. 27, members of the community along with The Shooters soccer team hosted a run near Woodcote Park to honour one of their members, Caroline Bernard.

Last year, Caroline and her mother Margarita held an inaugural fundraising run for MADD Comox Valley to honour Goyo Bernard who was killed by an impaired driver on Cliffe Avenue while walking on the sidewalk next to his wife Margarita.

During the trial and afterward, the pair received support from the Comox Valley chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and wanted to use the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the organization.

Tragically, Goyo’s daughter Caroline died in Deep Bay this past summer. The pair had planned to host the run again this year.

Members of The Shooters ran and also served warm drinks and snacks for all who attended the fundraiser, which raised $4,489.95 for MADD Comox Valley.

“Impaired driving continues to be a problem on our roads even though most people know it is dangerous and illegal,” said Leslie Wells, president of MADD Comox Valley.

“MADD events like this one are a little about raising funds to continue the work of MADD and a lot about awareness that impaired driving is still a problem.”

Despite not being in the area, Margarita joined the group via FaceTime and ran the event along the banks of the Vedder River in Chilliwack.

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Erin Haluschak

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Erin Haluschak is a journalist with the Comox Valley Record since 2008. She is also the editor of Trio Magazine...
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