Charity and Donations

Myla Bui holds up one of the paper cranes she made which have raised $31,031 for the Help Fill A Dream Foundation. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Cut out for this: sister of Leila Bui helps sick kids with 1,001 cranes each

Young Saanich philanthropist raises $31,031 for sick kids, folds thousands of paper cranes

Myla Bui holds up one of the paper cranes she made which have raised $31,031 for the Help Fill A Dream Foundation. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The 13th annual Cool Aid Coat Drive, on through Jan. 15, 2021, seeks donations of warm clothing items for passing along to people in need. (Courtesy Victoria Cool Aid Society)

Cool Aid coat drive keeps Victoria’s vulnerable residents warmer

Donate your unused coats, jackets, gloves, mittens and sweaters by Jan. 15

The 13th annual Cool Aid Coat Drive, on through Jan. 15, 2021, seeks donations of warm clothing items for passing along to people in need. (Courtesy Victoria Cool Aid Society)
A window display at Lucid earlier this year, with paintings by Andrea Thomas. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Foundation offers thanks for nearly $700,000 in COVID-19 relief

Local fundraising and federal money supported Nanaimo Community Response Fund in 2020

A window display at Lucid earlier this year, with paintings by Andrea Thomas. (News Bulletin file photo)
Jacob Stockton and Brett Wildeman, owners of JB Everything At Your Service, display donations they received from family, friends and employers. (Facebook photo)
Jacob Stockton and Brett Wildeman, owners of JB Everything At Your Service, display donations they received from family, friends and employers. (Facebook photo)
VIU culinary arts students pack baked goods into reusable containers for donation to Nanaimo Salvation Army meal centre. (Vancouver Island University photo)

VIU culinary arts students providing 200 meals each week to Salvation Army

Campus cafeterias have been closed but cooking has continued

VIU culinary arts students pack baked goods into reusable containers for donation to Nanaimo Salvation Army meal centre. (Vancouver Island University photo)
Singing Jingle Bells in Kwak’wala out of the school bus. (Zoe Ducklow / Gazette)

North Island elementary school students win $1,000, give half away

Wagalus intermediate class bought sleeping bags and made food to give away

Singing Jingle Bells in Kwak’wala out of the school bus. (Zoe Ducklow / Gazette)
The Chemainus Theatre is still decked out for Christmas despite a prolonged shutdown due to COVID. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Auction action encouraged for much-needed Chemainus Theatre support

Less than a week left to make bids on unique items for Christmas

The Chemainus Theatre is still decked out for Christmas despite a prolonged shutdown due to COVID. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Elysha Gordon, left, Carrie Cross Wells and Erin Kaetler, took part in a fundraiser Dec. 5, benefiting Bruce and Cindra Caverley, a Nanaimo couple both suffering from Stage 4 cancer. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Community brings light to Vancouver Island mom and dad battling cancer

Convoys parading past festively decorated house in central Nanaimo

Elysha Gordon, left, Carrie Cross Wells and Erin Kaetler, took part in a fundraiser Dec. 5, benefiting Bruce and Cindra Caverley, a Nanaimo couple both suffering from Stage 4 cancer. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi, executive director of the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness, appreciates what grants from the Victoria Foundation do to help her organization achieve its goals. (Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness/YouTube)

Victoria Foundation channels nearly $2.4 million to hard-hit community organizations

Funding grants help non-profits continue to provide services to communuty through pandemic

Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi, executive director of the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness, appreciates what grants from the Victoria Foundation do to help her organization achieve its goals. (Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness/YouTube)
Island Corridor Foundation says this year’s Holiday Train will be even more brightly lighted when it makes stops to collect donations for the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive. (Photo submitted)

Island Corridor Foundation all aboard with Holiday Train supporting toy drive

Charity event supporting Great Nanaimo Toy Drive takes place at two locations Dec. 10

Island Corridor Foundation says this year’s Holiday Train will be even more brightly lighted when it makes stops to collect donations for the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive. (Photo submitted)
Linda Biggs and Jayesh Vekariya founded Victoria-based Joni period care in March 2020 with the mission of empowering menstruators. (Courtesy of Linda Biggs)

New Victoria period care company looks to empower menstruators

Joni donates one period care product for every one purchased

Linda Biggs and Jayesh Vekariya founded Victoria-based Joni period care in March 2020 with the mission of empowering menstruators. (Courtesy of Linda Biggs)
Coombs Country Candy founders Lenore Bailey and Murray Lawlor, left, manager Leanne Hewitt, Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot executive director Lori Camire and CFAC board chair Susan Payne celebrate the sale of the famed candy shop to CFAC on Nov. 1, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Coombs Country Candy sold

Unique deal with Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot will ensure store stays open

Coombs Country Candy founders Lenore Bailey and Murray Lawlor, left, manager Leanne Hewitt, Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot executive director Lori Camire and CFAC board chair Susan Payne celebrate the sale of the famed candy shop to CFAC on Nov. 1, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Iconic Salvation Army fundraiser faces increased demand, challenges due to COVID-19

Charity says it has not seen an increase in demand like this for decades

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs will receive $26,000 from the 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside charity organization. (Facebook photo)

100+ Women Who Care to donate $26K to Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs

‘100 per cent of that goes directly to the charity’

The Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs will receive $26,000 from the 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside charity organization. (Facebook photo)
A narwhal tusk that was donated to a Goodwill store in northwest Calgary this summer will soon be gifted to the Arctic Institute of North America (Hesam Rezaei)

Narwhal tusk discovered in Calgary Goodwill pile to be donated to university

The tusk had federal hunting tags from 1978 attached that say animal was harvested from the central Arctic

A narwhal tusk that was donated to a Goodwill store in northwest Calgary this summer will soon be gifted to the Arctic Institute of North America (Hesam Rezaei)
Rugged Coast Research Society volunteers use a small boat and paddle boards to get through heavy surf to remote beaches to collect marine trash, which is placed in sacks and transported away on a larger craft. (Photo: Agathe Bernard, Rugged Coast Research Society)

Donation from Nanaimo family helps society clean up Island’s coastline

Rugged Coast Research Society needed boat and gear to clear marine trash from remote beaches

Rugged Coast Research Society volunteers use a small boat and paddle boards to get through heavy surf to remote beaches to collect marine trash, which is placed in sacks and transported away on a larger craft. (Photo: Agathe Bernard, Rugged Coast Research Society)
Tour de Rock guest rider Alli Roberts climbs off the Tour de Rock train stopped at the old Nanaimo train station Sunday afternoon. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Tour de Rock arrives in Nanaimo, now it’s off to the next station

Cops for Cancer team completes Nanaimo section of Vancouver Island cycle relay

Tour de Rock guest rider Alli Roberts climbs off the Tour de Rock train stopped at the old Nanaimo train station Sunday afternoon. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
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Helma Swinkels started Pot Luck Ceramics with her friend Val Startup and a group of forward-thinking volunteers 10 years ago. She is embracing the profit-for-non-profit’s successes as she faces closing the Pot Luck cottage on Gertrude Street in Port Alberni in September 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Pot Luck Ceramics closes ground-breaking social enterprise after 9-year run

Port Alberni store celebrates successes as it prepares to close in face of COVID-19 challenges

Helma Swinkels started Pot Luck Ceramics with her friend Val Startup and a group of forward-thinking volunteers 10 years ago. She is embracing the profit-for-non-profit’s successes as she faces closing the Pot Luck cottage on Gertrude Street in Port Alberni in September 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Alf Todd of Colwood takes a moment to lean his bicycle against a garden wall at Victoria Quay after cycling 200 kilometres from Victoria to Port Alberni on Aug. 11, 2020. Todd was raising awareness about Parkinson’s Disease. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Victoria man raises funds, awareness of Parkinson’s on 200-km bike ride

Alf Todd talks about how tough Highway 4 ‘Hump’ is, and the importance of cycling

Alf Todd of Colwood takes a moment to lean his bicycle against a garden wall at Victoria Quay after cycling 200 kilometres from Victoria to Port Alberni on Aug. 11, 2020. Todd was raising awareness about Parkinson’s Disease. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)