Charity and Donations

New homeowners join representatives from Habitat for Humanity and the Victoria Real Estate Board in ceebrating the board’s $100,000 donation to the housing charity. (Photo courtesy of VREB)

Victoria Real Estate Board boosts home ownership hopes with $100,000 donation

Donation to Habitat for Humanity plants seeds for its Build the Future fund

New homeowners join representatives from Habitat for Humanity and the Victoria Real Estate Board in ceebrating the board’s $100,000 donation to the housing charity. (Photo courtesy of VREB)
Tigh-Na-Mara general manager Paul Drummond and SOS executive director Susanna Newton take part in a promotional video for the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, compliments of Peter McCully, publisher at the Parksville Qualicum Beach News. This year Tigh-Na-Mara will host a modified version of the Toy Drive, with three ways for the public to take part and help make Christmas brighter for local residents in need. All donations will benefit the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program, providing gifts for local children and youth, as well as grocery store gift cards for low income families and individuals. (Lissa Alexander photo)

Toy time: 2021 Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive gets underway in Parksville on Nov. 1

All donations benefit SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program

Tigh-Na-Mara general manager Paul Drummond and SOS executive director Susanna Newton take part in a promotional video for the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, compliments of Peter McCully, publisher at the Parksville Qualicum Beach News. This year Tigh-Na-Mara will host a modified version of the Toy Drive, with three ways for the public to take part and help make Christmas brighter for local residents in need. All donations will benefit the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program, providing gifts for local children and youth, as well as grocery store gift cards for low income families and individuals. (Lissa Alexander photo)
Parksville Qualicum Community Foundation board chair Len Townsend. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat: A chat with Parksville Qualicum Community Foundation board chair Len Townsend

Podcast: Organization has been helping PQB residents for more than 20 years

Parksville Qualicum Community Foundation board chair Len Townsend. (Peter McCully photo)
Bret Bickerton, left, and Owen Gardiner, crew from Rugged Coast Research Society, untie a new research vessel at Brechin Boat Ramp on Thursday, Oct. 7. The Nanaimo-based non-profit, which transports clean-up crews to remote areas of Vancouver Island to remove debris, held a boat cruise to celebrate its fundraising efforts that made the vessel’s purchase possible. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island non-profit shows off rugged new boat for coastal cleanups

Donations allow for purchase of vessel capable of transporting 10 tonnes of marine debris

Bret Bickerton, left, and Owen Gardiner, crew from Rugged Coast Research Society, untie a new research vessel at Brechin Boat Ramp on Thursday, Oct. 7. The Nanaimo-based non-profit, which transports clean-up crews to remote areas of Vancouver Island to remove debris, held a boat cruise to celebrate its fundraising efforts that made the vessel’s purchase possible. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Signy Madden, United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island regional director, says the area has seen more food security issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

United Way trying to support ‘high-impact’ social programs through tough times

United Way launches fundraising campaign with goal of $1.3 million for the north and central Island

Signy Madden, United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island regional director, says the area has seen more food security issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Gordy Dodd has been hosting special dinners for vulnerable members of the community for more than two decades. His company is doing so again for Thanksgiving, in Victoria on Oct. 8 at Our Place (shown here during a previous dinner), and in Nanaimo and Campbell River, also next week. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria-based merchant hosting 23rd annual Thanksgiving dinners

Those in need can dine in Victoria, Nanaimo and Campbell River, courtesy Dodd’s Furniture & Mattress

Gordy Dodd has been hosting special dinners for vulnerable members of the community for more than two decades. His company is doing so again for Thanksgiving, in Victoria on Oct. 8 at Our Place (shown here during a previous dinner), and in Nanaimo and Campbell River, also next week. (Black Press Media file photo)
Deni Bezeau, owner of Deni’s Dynamite Deals, set up his thrift store at the corner of Bruce Avenue and Seventh Street in Nanaimo to raise money for high school extracurricular programs and other organizations in need of cash. He now donates about $11,000 monthly. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Island retiree operates thrift store to keep his neighbourhood neighbourly

Deni’s Dynamite Deals donates thousands of dollars every month

Deni Bezeau, owner of Deni’s Dynamite Deals, set up his thrift store at the corner of Bruce Avenue and Seventh Street in Nanaimo to raise money for high school extracurricular programs and other organizations in need of cash. He now donates about $11,000 monthly. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Vancouver Island’s first government-operated cannabis store opened in Campbell River in July, 2019. Marissa Tiel/Campbell River Mirror

Campbell River BC Cannabis and BC Liquor stores raise thousands for wildfire victims

Discovery Harbour Shopping centre location raised second most among BCCS stores provincewide

  • Sep 26, 2021
Vancouver Island’s first government-operated cannabis store opened in Campbell River in July, 2019. Marissa Tiel/Campbell River Mirror
Tour de Rock rider and Nanaimo RCMP Const. Cydney MacNeill has her hair cut by Dan Awalt, co-owner of Heavy D’s Barbershop, outside the Coach and Horses Pub on Sunday, Sept. 26. (Greg Sakaki)

VIDEO: Riders motivated by the cause as Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock rolls down Island

RCMP constable gets head shaved at event hosted by Island Corridor Foundation

Tour de Rock rider and Nanaimo RCMP Const. Cydney MacNeill has her hair cut by Dan Awalt, co-owner of Heavy D’s Barbershop, outside the Coach and Horses Pub on Sunday, Sept. 26. (Greg Sakaki)
Sara Hutchison, Brennan Woolley and Sarah Howarth of Peninsula Co-op. (Alec Wheeler photo)

5 cents for every litre of fuel purchased at Peninsula Co-op flows to charity

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, funds will go out to the Help Fill A Dream foundation

Sara Hutchison, Brennan Woolley and Sarah Howarth of Peninsula Co-op. (Alec Wheeler photo)
Victoria Grandmothers for Africa take off on the final leg of their fundraising efforts from Central Park. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Victoria grandmothers raise over $100,000 with virtual tour across Africa

Riders averaging 70 years encouraged with the ethos, ‘don’t be too cautious – go as far as you can’

Victoria Grandmothers for Africa take off on the final leg of their fundraising efforts from Central Park. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
‘Rogan the Painting Dog’ creates artwork featured on Foley Dog Treat Company packaging as part of a charitable partnership. (Photo submitted)

Painting ‘paw’-digy motivated by B.C. doggie treats

Nanaimo’s Foley Dog Treat Company partners with artistic pooch on charitable initiative

‘Rogan the Painting Dog’ creates artwork featured on Foley Dog Treat Company packaging as part of a charitable partnership. (Photo submitted)
Tucker, the starving bobcat rescued by Langley’s Critter Care, is doing well, but he will need new accommodations. The wild animal rehab centre has launched a sponsorship campaign to help pay for it. (Critter Care video)

VIDEO: B.C. animal rehab centre offers a chance to sponsor rescued bobcat

Tucker is doing well, but he will need a new enclosure

Tucker, the starving bobcat rescued by Langley’s Critter Care, is doing well, but he will need new accommodations. The wild animal rehab centre has launched a sponsorship campaign to help pay for it. (Critter Care video)
Bikes for Kids volunteers Eddie Goncalves, Mel Huggins and Greg Nowik fix up bikes at the group’s downtown location earlier this week. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s Bikes for Kids reaches milestone as it gives away its 1,000th bicycle

Volunteers have been refurbishing used bikes for five years

Bikes for Kids volunteers Eddie Goncalves, Mel Huggins and Greg Nowik fix up bikes at the group’s downtown location earlier this week. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
A free-food market that has been serving people from the Quadra Village Community Centre for the last decade is on the hunt for a new location. (Facebook/Living Edge Community)

Victoria free-food market looking for new permanent home

Living Edge’s last market at the Quadra Village Community Centre is on Aug. 26

A free-food market that has been serving people from the Quadra Village Community Centre for the last decade is on the hunt for a new location. (Facebook/Living Edge Community)
Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in Greater Victoria, announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in the region will go to the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation. (Google Street View)

Blizzards forecast for Victoria in October – each raising funds for children’s hospital care

Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day reset for Oct. 28 in region and across Canada

Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in Greater Victoria, announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in the region will go to the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation. (Google Street View)
The War Amps, which has run a successful fundraising service through its key tag program since 1946, has played a major role in the life of amputee Ethan Van Tol, pictured here in 2012, left, and 2021. (Courtesy of the War Amps)

Victoria amputee among many young people helped by War Amps program

Ethan Van Tol grateful for support received through key tag service

The War Amps, which has run a successful fundraising service through its key tag program since 1946, has played a major role in the life of amputee Ethan Van Tol, pictured here in 2012, left, and 2021. (Courtesy of the War Amps)
Victoria HarbourCats super fan Helen Edwards, right, poses for a photo in 2019 with player Parker Bramlett. Edwards recently purchased six 2022 HarbourCats season tickets and donated them to three charities as a way of sharing her love for baseball. (Photo Christian J. Stewart/Victoria HarbourCats)

Three Victoria charities receive season tickets from HarbourCats fan

Long-time season ticket holder wanted to support team, share her love for baseball

Victoria HarbourCats super fan Helen Edwards, right, poses for a photo in 2019 with player Parker Bramlett. Edwards recently purchased six 2022 HarbourCats season tickets and donated them to three charities as a way of sharing her love for baseball. (Photo Christian J. Stewart/Victoria HarbourCats)
Sabine Laubental (bottom left) has been a frequent donor to Soweto Junior School for over 10 years. (Support Soweto Junior School)

Victoria senior invites public for fundraiser walk for Kenyan school

Funds to benefit Soweto Junior School, which can feed one child for a month for $8

Sabine Laubental (bottom left) has been a frequent donor to Soweto Junior School for over 10 years. (Support Soweto Junior School)
(Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)

Credit union donates $50K to support B.C. wildfire victims

First West is also encouraging its members to donate to the cause

(Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)