A group of trades people organized a Sunday fundraiser in the Comox Valley to provide a bit of assistance to a fellow worker and his wife, whose young child has muscular dystrophy.
About 65 trades workers attended the socially distanced event that was held at a barn.
“Over the course of about eights hours, we staggered when everybody would show up, so there wouldn’t be more than eight people in the barn at one time,” said Chris Sorensen, a local carpenter who helped organize the event. “Thoughout the day people slowly came in, gave what they could, and got some housewares and other stuff as well.”
Guests contributed more than $15,000, which will help the couple pay for travel expenses to access health care on the mainland.
Attendees came from various parts of the island.
“The community – the guys we work with – is tight,” Sorensen said. “Over the years, working on sites, you see these guys all the time. When you see one guy suffering and you don’t see him at work any more…it becomes personal.”
Sorensen’s next venture is to start a non-profit society to help youths who are at-risk.