Charity and Donations

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)
Workers build the frame of a Habitat for Humanity house as their United Way’s Day of Caring project on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Decatur, Ala. The head of a group that promotes charities says there are concerns about long-term negatives impacts in the sector from the ongoing WE controversy on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)

Charities worry about loss of trust, donations in wake of WE deal controversy

Imagine Canada, a charity itself, has calculated the COVID-19 pandemic will cut donations by up to $6 billion this year

Workers build the frame of a Habitat for Humanity house as their United Way’s Day of Caring project on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Decatur, Ala. The head of a group that promotes charities says there are concerns about long-term negatives impacts in the sector from the ongoing WE controversy on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)
The Campbell River Community Foundation raised its fundraising target to $250,000 after passing its previous goal of $100,000. Photo supplied.

Campbell River Community Foundation sets new bar in COVID-19 fundraiser

Group hopes to raise $250,000 for local relief

The Campbell River Community Foundation raised its fundraising target to $250,000 after passing its previous goal of $100,000. Photo supplied.
A photo posted to social media by Diabetes Canada on Monday, April 6, 2020, shows piles of donations and trash in front of bins. (Diabetes Canada)

Donation dump: Diabetes Canada pens open letter with bins overflowing with trash

The donation pickup stoppage resulted in the temporary layoff of over 500 staffers

A photo posted to social media by Diabetes Canada on Monday, April 6, 2020, shows piles of donations and trash in front of bins. (Diabetes Canada)
A GoFundMe has been started to try to help George Pilarski, 73, after he lost his truck and camper he was living in to a single vehicle accident and fire. (Photo submitted)
A GoFundMe has been started to try to help George Pilarski, 73, after he lost his truck and camper he was living in to a single vehicle accident and fire. (Photo submitted)
Prom Closet Nanaimo, a non-profit seeking to remove cost-prohibitive shopping for high school formals, is taking appointments for March 5-7. (Submitted photo)

‘Going green’ en vogue in bid to make high school proms affordable

Non-profit Prom Closet Nanaimo looking to make the big night less cost-prohibitive

Prom Closet Nanaimo, a non-profit seeking to remove cost-prohibitive shopping for high school formals, is taking appointments for March 5-7. (Submitted photo)
Port Alberni RCMP Const. Maria Marciano will run in the Wounded Warriors Vancouver Island run from Feb. 23 to March 1, 2020. She will take the leg into Port Alberni on Feb. 27. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Wounded Warrior Run gets personal for participant

Port Alberni RCMP officer says mental health is a priority

Port Alberni RCMP Const. Maria Marciano will run in the Wounded Warriors Vancouver Island run from Feb. 23 to March 1, 2020. She will take the leg into Port Alberni on Feb. 27. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Cassandra Converse holds the only pair of shoes she managed to recover from Mission’s Value Village in February 2020. Her boyfriend accidentally gave away 50 pairs of hers. Submitted Photo

Man accidentally donates girlfriend’s 50 pairs of shoes to B.C. thrift store

Cassandra Converse has forgiven him, but she jokes that this Valentine’s Day better be pretty special

Cassandra Converse holds the only pair of shoes she managed to recover from Mission’s Value Village in February 2020. Her boyfriend accidentally gave away 50 pairs of hers. Submitted Photo
Saanich Christmas elf Mena Westhaver rests after a long day of delivering socks to the community ahead of Christmas. (Rainforest Communications/Supplied)

Saanich Christmas elf delivers 1,416 pairs of socks just in time for holidays

Care facilities, schools, retirement homes among sock recipients

  • Dec 25, 2019
Saanich Christmas elf Mena Westhaver rests after a long day of delivering socks to the community ahead of Christmas. (Rainforest Communications/Supplied)