The Rotary Club of Parksville Am donated proceeds from their weekend bottle drive to the School District 69 Backpack Program.
Club president Bashir El-Khalafawi handed a cheque in the amount of $3,450 to Virginia Worcester, the founder and co-ordinator of the backpack program, which helps keep children from going hungry during the weekend. The concept is to provide children every Friday with backpacks filled with easy-to-prepare food that are nutritious and non-perishable.
To learn more about the District 69 Backpack Program and how you can help, check out their website at www.district69backpackprogram.com
Diane Matsuda of the Rotary Club Parksville AM Club said with all of their fundraising iniatives no longer possible due to the pandemic, the bottle drive has allowed them to continue to raise funds, which go back into the community.
“Response to date has been very positive and donors are pleased to know where the money is going,” said Matsuda.
The club’s bottle drive is held at Speedy Auto Glass in Parksville every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are accepting all refundable cans and bottles.
— NEWS Staff