The Arrowsmith Search and Rescue received a sizable donation from the 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside. (Submitted photo)

The Arrowsmith Search and Rescue received a sizable donation from the 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside. (Submitted photo)

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue gets a $26K boost from 100+ Women Who Care

Community group donates to ASAR’s operation centre fundraiser

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue’s efforts to fund its new operations centre received a big boost recently, receiving a $26,200 donation from the 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside community support group.

Denise (Dee) Collins, a six-year volunteer with ASAR and one of the 100+ Women, delivered a short presentation to the group describing how ASAR provides critical 24/7/365 services in the area. She also highlighted ASAR’s pressing need for a properly equipped training space in the new operations centre currently being built at the Qualicum Beach Airport.

Collins, who recently earned her Rope Technician 1 credentials, despite having to practice and train in a house garage, was eager to explain to the 100+ Women group how a dedicated training space would greatly benefit ASAR members in terms of training and rescue skills development.

READ MORE: Arrowsmith SAR member donates winnings of $8.462 to group’s fundraiser

“This donation will help us keep up the high level of training required to serve the community,” Collins said.

Ken Neden, ASAR search manager, agreed.

“We are very grateful to the 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside for their very generous donation to our new operations centre,” said Neden. “This will help us build an area to train our members allowing us to respond professionally now and into the future.”

If you would like more information on the community support provided by 100+ Women Who Care, please visit

For more information on Arrowsmith Search and Rescue or to donate to their operations centre building fund, please visit

— NEWS Staff

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