The organization 100 + Women Who Care Oceanside donated $21,500 on Jan. 22 to the Wheels for Wellness Society for a new van. From left to right: Debbe Patterson, Melissa Tracey, Joan Ethier Katharine Lennox, Pat Manuel, Don Buchner, Wheels for Wellness executive director and Parksville-Qualicum Beach Michelle Stilwell. - Submitted photo

Donation helps Wheels for Wellness buy new van

The organization 100 + Women Who Care Oceanside gave Society $21, 500 for vehicle

Parksville Qualicum Beach residents who need help getting to medical appointments will soon have a new ride.

The organization 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside recently handed the Wheels for Wellness Society a $21,500 cheque, which will be used to replace the vehicle currently serving the Parksville Qualicum Beach area.

Don Buchner, executive director and founder of Wheels to Wellness Society, said he can’t thank the organization enough.

“The timing was impeccable,” he said. “We had to replace our Oceanside van as the kilometers were at their maximum for trade-in and we were wondering where the money was going to come from. I am truly impressed by the organization and the method of raising large amounts of money using the theory that a lot of smaller donations can turn into one large one.”

100 + Women Who Care Oceanside is a group of community-minded women who choose four charities every year to open their pocketbooks for. Each woman nominates a charity and three are drawn at random for a final vote that decides where 100 per cent of members’ donations will be directed.

Wheels for Wellness, which transports patients to non-emergency medical appointments, was nominated by Katharine Lennox. A new van will be purchased in April.

— NEWS staff, submitted

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