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Shriners cash calendar

Parksville Qualicum Beach Shriners Louis Seidel (left) and Al Nichol spin the lottery barrel’s thousands of names of cash calendar recipients. - CANDACE WU PHOTO
Parksville Qualicum Beach Shriners Louis Seidel (left) and Al Nichol spin the lottery barrel’s thousands of names of cash calendar recipients.
— image credit: CANDACE WU PHOTO

CANDACE WU

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As 2013 comes to a close, the Parksville Qualicum Beach Shriners wrapped up their sixth annual cash calendar fundraiser last Saturday afternoon.

“We sold close to 4,500 calendars,” said Gizeh cash calendar chairman Colin Craig. “Each calendar cost $20 with all proceeds going to fund our philanthropic initiatives.”

The Shriners are a non profit organization dedicated to the medical care of children at no cost to the families.

Craig said proceeds from this campaign specifically go towards funding five luxury motor coaches purchased by the Shriners.

“These buses go all over the province and pick up kids and their families and bring them to hospitals in the States (funded by Shriners), BC Childrens Hospital, BC Women’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Hospital,” said Craig, adding that the buses are equipped with beds, coffee bars and snack bars to make traveling more comfortable for sick children. Craig said the Shriners cover the cost of everything to transport kids back and forth, including gas and food.

The cash calendar campaign saw Shriners sell calendars all over B.C. Each day, a person who has one of these calendars will be entered to wish a cash prize ranging from $25 to $1,000.

The fundraiser supports more than 500 children in the province.

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