Philanthropy

Do The Loop, a fundraiser for Threshold Housing Society, returns Sept. 18 to 26 and organizers encourage residents to walk, run or roll the official route, or create one on favourite routes in their own community. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Do The Loop: Walk, run or roll across Greater Victoria to support at-risk youth

Fundraiser for Threshold Housing Society returns virtually from Sept. 18 to 26

 

Your Choice by Selena Oliveira was named most creative and original during the 2021 Gingerbread Showcase. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity Victoria)

Greater Victoria bakers called on to make magic appear from gingerbread this winter

Habitat for Humanity officially calls on chefs, artists, or fans of baking for annual fundraiser

 

The community fridge at Rock Bay in Victoria will be repaired or replaced after an online fundraiser came through. Its heavy use indicated a need, as organizers seek out a site for a second fridge to feed those who may need it. (Community Fridge Victoria/Instagram)

Residents rally to raise cash to fix or replace Victoria community fridge

Rock Bay pantry and fridge open at all times to battle local food security

 

Efforts to host refugees from Ukraine in local communities got a cash boost from members of the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay lawn bowlers pitch in $2,300 for Ukrainian refugees

Last-minute call for donations leads to housing help

Efforts to host refugees from Ukraine in local communities got a cash boost from members of the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
John Hillman, 103, with the judge presiding over the July 21 virtual citizenship ceremony where the British veteran became Canadian. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Meet Canada’s oldest newest Canadian, John Hillman of Oak Bay

103-year-old performs official oath in English and French to earn citizenship July 21

John Hillman, 103, with the judge presiding over the July 21 virtual citizenship ceremony where the British veteran became Canadian. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Honey needs new wheels after being found paralyzed on the side of a road. (GVAC/Facebook)

Greater Victoria animal rescue fundraises for paralyzed, abandoned pup

The organization plans to try physiotherapy but says: ‘Honey needs wheels’

Honey needs new wheels after being found paralyzed on the side of a road. (GVAC/Facebook)
Victoria student Levi Budd won $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity in a writing contest. (Courtesy Lucky Budd)

Victoria student who started the #levidrome drive wins $10,000 with his writing

Sixth grader’s essay funds Habitat for Humanity Victoria

Victoria student Levi Budd won $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity in a writing contest. (Courtesy Lucky Budd)
Nathan Bull, then 8, takes to the trails around Westwood Lake in Nanaimo on an adaptive trail rider during a Power to Be outing in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)

Climb Greater Victoria stairs and hills to raise funds for Power To Be

Power To Summit runs virtually to support those with different abilities

Nathan Bull, then 8, takes to the trails around Westwood Lake in Nanaimo on an adaptive trail rider during a Power to Be outing in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
Firefighters from Esquimalt and Victoria teamed up to supply, crate and load firefighting equipment for Ukraine. (Compassionate Resource Warehouse/Facebook)

Esquimalt warehouse pulls together trauma centres for war-torn Ukraine

Building supplies, firefighting equipment, first aid goods head overseas

Firefighters from Esquimalt and Victoria teamed up to supply, crate and load firefighting equipment for Ukraine. (Compassionate Resource Warehouse/Facebook)
Victoria-based Soap for Hope Canada recently fulfilled a big order in just a couple days, 500 hygiene kits for families coming from Ukraine. (Soap for Hope/Facebook)

Soap for Hope Canada’s Victoria warehouse faces increasing demand with war in Ukraine

Vancouver Island-based non-profit benefits local residents, international causes

Victoria-based Soap for Hope Canada recently fulfilled a big order in just a couple days, 500 hygiene kits for families coming from Ukraine. (Soap for Hope/Facebook)
Burt Hill shaves the head of Thomas Joe, a Grade 6 student at St. Patrick’s Elementary School who raised more than his target of $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Victoria youth skips haircuts for nearly 3 years, raises $12,000 for kids with cancer

St. Patrick’s elementary abuzz as 12-year-old loses a foot of hair

Burt Hill shaves the head of Thomas Joe, a Grade 6 student at St. Patrick’s Elementary School who raised more than his target of $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
A kindergarten class from St. Christopher’s Montessori walks with John Hillman on May 3 in his fundraiser for Save the Children. (Courtesy Carlton House)

103-year-old hits halfway mark in Oak Bay walk for Save the Children

Veteran John Hillman plans to finish fundraiser Friday

A kindergarten class from St. Christopher’s Montessori walks with John Hillman on May 3 in his fundraiser for Save the Children. (Courtesy Carlton House)
Oak Bay resident John Hillman walked 101 laps around the Carlton House driveway in 2020 to raise money and awareness for Save the Children Canada. The veteran of the Second World War did five laps a day for 20 days, inspired by the late Capt. Tom Moore in England. (Black Press Media file photo)

103-year-old veteran laps Oak Bay courtyard for 3rd year in Save the Children fundraiser

Party atmosphere grows music, children, dignitaries for third year

Oak Bay resident John Hillman walked 101 laps around the Carlton House driveway in 2020 to raise money and awareness for Save the Children Canada. The veteran of the Second World War did five laps a day for 20 days, inspired by the late Capt. Tom Moore in England. (Black Press Media file photo)
Horizon Pacific Contracting owner Tim Agar looks over one of his company’s past projects in Gordon Head – the company is ready to begin seeking applications in Greater Victoria after a pandemic pause. (Black Press Media file photo)

Step Up Community Build Program looks to improve the lives of Greater Victoria residents

Program gifts free purpose-built renovations to reduce obstacles in the home

Horizon Pacific Contracting owner Tim Agar looks over one of his company’s past projects in Gordon Head – the company is ready to begin seeking applications in Greater Victoria after a pandemic pause. (Black Press Media file photo)
Photographer Mikhail Palinchak lends images from his war-torn home country to a Victoria showcase and silent auction to raise funds for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation. (Photo by Mikhail Palinchak)

Photos from Ukraine help teens Rise Together for Victoria fundraiser

Oak Bay philanthropists raising money for Canada-Ukraine Foundation with May 11-13 show

Photographer Mikhail Palinchak lends images from his war-torn home country to a Victoria showcase and silent auction to raise funds for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation. (Photo by Mikhail Palinchak)
Regan McGrath and the school principal Charmaine Murray go over the technology and school supplies the Victoria family brought for the Askenish All Age School in Hanover Parish, Jamaica. (Courtesy Regan McGrath)

Victoria soccer club keeps Jamaican kids in the game

Family with longtime ties to rural school gifts technology, drops off donated gear

Regan McGrath and the school principal Charmaine Murray go over the technology and school supplies the Victoria family brought for the Askenish All Age School in Hanover Parish, Jamaica. (Courtesy Regan McGrath)
Rise Together is a collaborative group with the goal of supporting local organizations started by Holly Smith and Trishna Gill, Grade 11 students at Oak Bay High. (Courtesy Rise Together)

Oak Bay teens rise together, bring talent to the stage to benefit Greater Victoria soup kitchen

Dec. 17 Holiday Charity Benefit Show at Dave Dunnet Theatre raises funds for Rainbow Kitchen

Rise Together is a collaborative group with the goal of supporting local organizations started by Holly Smith and Trishna Gill, Grade 11 students at Oak Bay High. (Courtesy Rise Together)
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.

Jillian Harris joins Do Some Good to drive more community impact

Team Jilly’s 12 Days of Giving campaign runs Dec. 1 to 12

  • Nov 22, 2021
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.
Jason Austin donates 20 tonnes of produce from his Gatton House Farm to local food banks every year. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Philanthropic Island farmer donates all his farm’s produce to food banks

Central Saanich’s Jason Austin plants seeds for food security

Jason Austin donates 20 tonnes of produce from his Gatton House Farm to local food banks every year. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Vancouver businessman and activist Wayne Crookes donated $1.875 million to the University of Victoria to support environmental and climate journalism. (Photo credit: Martin Roland)

University of Victoria receives $1.875 million donation for environmental journalism

Money donated by Vancouver businessman and activist, Wayne Crookes

Vancouver businessman and activist Wayne Crookes donated $1.875 million to the University of Victoria to support environmental and climate journalism. (Photo credit: Martin Roland)