EDITORIAL: Auction bidding underway

The wildly successful Courtenay Rotary Club annual online auction is back, with a new and worthy local cause to support.

The wildly successful Courtenay Rotary Club annual online auction is back, with a new and worthy local cause to support.

Last year, the digital auction and a live version at the Filberg Centre raised more than $80,000. That capped three years in which the club amassed an amazing total around $185,000, exceeding Rotarians’ own lofty target of $150,000.

The money went to the Comox Valley Hospice Society to help it realize the dream of constructing a facility where terminally ill people can end their days in dignity with a minimum of suffering.

 

After three years of auction fundraising for this purpose, the Courtenay Rotary Club turned to the public late last year for suggestions about project ideas for 2011.

More than half of the 250 replies suggested more trails within Courtenay or along the shoreline. The outdoors is a huge part of the Comox Valley’s attraction, so that makes sense.

 

Even more sensible is that the club took the suggestions to heart.

The online auction is raising money as you read this to fund a trail and beautification project along the train tracks that run into Courtenay, ending just past Fifth Street above Puntledge Park.

 

Rotarian Art Meyers, chair of the Courtenay Rotary Club’s auction committee, contacted Graham Bruce of the Island Corridor Foundation to discuss the possibility of this project becoming the northern terminus of the Island-long trail corridor along the E&N Rail tracks.

The City of Courtenay came onside at an ensuing meeting and the club has committed to a walking and cycling trail from Fifth Street to the train station at Cumberland Road.

 

As Meyers explains, the City envisions the project continuing to 29th Street in future.

That might require co-operation from the railway to not spray herbicides along that stretch, but that’s for the future.

For now, visit https://secure.maestroweb.com/Default.aspx?OrgID=613 to bid on any of more than 400 items.

editor@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Just Posted

Courtenay voter taking it to the streets

Sarah Henckel-Sutmoller made her own election sign Saturday afternoon.

Basket raffle a Comox Valley Child Development Association Children’s Telethon tradition

One-stop Christmas shopping with Winner Takes All Basket rffle

Comox Valley gives back

A look at some of the organizations and individuals who help out in the community

Golden anniversary for G.P. Vanier Thursday

It was a day of celebration for students, educators and administrators past… Continue reading

Steady stream of voters at Filberg

Voter turnout has been a steady stream Saturday at the Florence Filberg… Continue reading

Comox Valley gives back

A look at some of the organizations and individuals who help out in the community

Steady stream of voters at Filberg

Voter turnout has been a steady stream Saturday at the Florence Filberg… Continue reading

Team Canada gold medal winners for first time in world curling championship

Team Canada earned gold in Kelowna at the 2018 Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship

B.C. passenger caught smoking weed in a car issued $230 fine

Saanich police did a field sobriety test on the driver and deemed it safe for him to drive

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

More pot stores expected in B.C. in coming ‘weeks and months’: attorney general

Attorney General David Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visited the new BC Cannabis Store in the province’s Interior

Telus launches charitable foundation to help vulnerable youth

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation complements other social initiatives by the company, including Mobility for Good

Police say suspicious death of B.C. artist ruled a homicide

Patrick Zube Aylward’s body was found in a residence on a rural road outside of Seton Portage, west of Lillooet, B.C.

Most Read