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More than $14,000 raised for Saanich Peninsula food bank with Saanichton fundraiser

17th annual Saanichton Community Christmas nearly doubles 2020 total
Jim Townley, left, president of Saanichton Village Association, and Martina Redman, association treasurer, present a cheque of over $14,000 to Tyson Elder of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, raised during the business group’s annual fundraiser Dec. 4. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

An annual fundraiser generated more than $14,000 in donations for Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank.

Jim Townley, president of the Saanichton Village Association, which organized the 17th Saanichton Community Christmas fundraiser on Dec. 4, said the amount reflects incredible generosity.

This year’s total is almost double the amount raised last year, prompting Townley to say it takes a village to make positive things happen.

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The day included a variety of events, including horse-drawn carriage rides through Saanichton Village courtesy of Tally-Ho Carriage Tours, photos with Santa, and the Christmas Tree Trail, which sees families walk the village searching for horse stuffies hidden within Christmas trees located at more than 20 different merchants. The trees were given away as prizes at the end of the event.

The District of Central Saanich, local police and volunteer firefighters, participating local businesses, St. Mary’s Church and local residents who showed up to make donations helped make the event a resounding success, Townley said.

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Wolf Depner

About the Author: Wolf Depner

I joined the national team with Black Press Media in 2023 from the Peninsula News Review, where I had reported on Vancouver Island's Saanich Peninsula since 2019.
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