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Arrowsmith SAR member donates winnings of $8,462 to group’s fundraiser

Martens happy to help two search and rescue organizations
Arrowsmith Search and Rescue received a mobile arrow board donation from JSK Traffic Control Services. (Submitted photo)

Search and rescue groups in British Columbia are always keen and ready to support each other.

When the Coquitlam Search and Rescue held its first 50/50 draw to raise funds to purchase and outfit their new rescue boat, a member of the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue, Martin Martens, purchased five tickets to support the group’s fundraising efforts.

The Arrowsmith SAR member indicated that if he won, he would donate his winnings to the ASAR’s fundraiser for the new operations centre currently being constructed just opposite the Qualicum Beach Airport.

When the draw was held on Jan. 5, Martens was informed that he won $8,462.50 in prize money, which he did not hesitate to donate to the ASAR’s cause.

“I am glad I could help them (Coquitlam Search and Rescue) keep their boat afloat and also contribute to the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue’s building fun,” said Martens in his post in the Coquitlam Search and Rescue Facebook page.

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ASAR members appreciated the donation as it gives their 2021 Operations Centre fundraising campaign a great boost and good start to the year.

Work is currently progressing at the centre with the floors poured and garage doors to be installed later this month allowing for building lockup.

The ASAR has also been the recipient of a donation from JSK Traffic Control Services of Chemainus who presented the group with a multi-functional mobile arrow board.

“This will definitely assist ASAR to ensure traffic moves as smoothly and safely as possible when we are called out on task and must park on the side of the road,” said Ron Tamblyn, an ASAR board and operational support team member responsible for emergency scene traffic control.

For information on how to support Arrowsmith SAR their website: at

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Michael Briones

About the Author: Michael Briones

I rejoined the PQB News team in April 2017 from the Comox Valley Echo, having previously covered sports for The NEWS in 1997.
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