GRADE 8 STUDENT and Gimme Shelter founder Rachael Jancowski

Students helping the homeless

Art show at Lake Trail Middle School will help produce care packages

Student artwork will be for sale at Lake Trail Middle School next week during a charity art show aimed at helping the Comox Valley’s homeless.

The art show kicks off Monday, June 24 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in room 102 at Lake Trail School. Artists featured in the show will be on hand to discuss their work and refreshments will be available.

“We worked really hard on this and there’s a lot of talented people putting art into it,” says Grade 8 Lake Trail student and non-profit organization Gimme Shelter founder Rachael Jancowski, noting funds from the art show will go towards care packages for the homeless via her organization, and the show will feature plenty of art styles to choose from.

“There’s graffiti art, there’s stencil art, there’s photography, there’s drawings — there’s all different sorts of art — there’s even jewelry,” she adds.

The art show will also be open to the public Tuesday, June 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m and Thursday, June 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. Jancowski notes Quality Foods in Comox is sponsoring the event.

The featured art has been created by students in Grades 7 to 9 and most of the art on display will be available for purchase, though Jancowski notes some pieces have already sold. Prices will range from $15 to $100 per piece.

Proceeds from the show will help pay for three rounds of care packages for the Comox Valley’s homeless, says Jancowski.

“During the fall we’re going to be doing about 75 (care packages), and then during the winter we’re probably going to be doing about 75, and then in the spring we’re going to do 100, so around 250 (total),” she explains, noting the packages will contain daily necessities like toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and comb.

“We’re also going to put a few personal touches in there, just to bring up their day even more, like a card and a cookie,” adds Jancowski.

She started Gimme Shelter over six months ago. She has since spoken at Courtenay council, and to various other groups and organizations in the Valley in an effort to raise awareness around the issue, advocate on behalf of the homeless, and engage in projects like the care packages in an effort to help them.

For more information about Gimme Shelter check out its Facebook page or e-mail gimmesheltercomox@gmail.com.

 

Just Posted

Heliports certified at Comox Valley, Campbell River hospitals

Both sites should see heliports up and running by late summer

Crown Isle acquires Longlands Golf Course

The Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community just got a little bit… Continue reading

115 new wildfires burning across B.C. due to 19,000 lightning strikes

More fires expected to start today, says BC Wildfire Service officials

Three small wildfires burning west of Courtenay

The blazes are the result of a brief thunderstorm last night

Outdoor classroom coming to Huband Park Elementary

The project has been a collaboration of various community groups, says PAC member

VIDEO: Trades jobs the way of the future on Vancouver Island?

Hundreds of people attend Black Press Career Fair in Nanaimo

Little five strokes up after two rounds

Senior Women’s Amateur in final round

Revenue Canada scam swindles $3,000 from B.C. resident

Victim provides fraudster with $3,000 in iTunes gift cards

VIDEO: Readers submit their most ‘summery’ Valley photos

As today is the official first day of summer and the longest… Continue reading

UPDATED: Crown appeals B.C. polygamous leader’s acquittal in child bride case

James Oler had been charged with taking his underage daughter to the U.S. to marry her off

Housing would cut number of B.C.’s vulnerable re-admitted to hospital: study

New SFU work shows just how costly frequent hospitalization is to the province’s health care system

Disney production filming at Victoria’s Government House today

Made-for-TV movie will feature the inside of the Rockland Avenue mansion

3 dead after semi-truck collides with car on B.C. Interior highway

Police said the intersection between Highway 97 and Highway 99 would remain closed for some time

Keep your pets safe while driving

ICBC and SPCA join forces on pet safety awareness initiative

Most Read