The Knights of Columbus collected a large stack of bottles and cans at its inaugural bottle drive which they are holding again on June 5. (Knights of Columbus photo)

Popular fundraisers: Parksville Qualicum Beach groups stage bottle drives

Events offer easy to way to assist community organizations

Bottle drives have become a popular fundraising event in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area.

For those wishing to get rid of their refundable bottles and help different groups in the community here are some coming bottle drives:

Ongoing — Every Saturday, the Rotary Club of Parksville AM holds a bottle drive fundraiser at the Speedy Glass, 555 Island Highway East, Parksville, to support the School District 69 Program, which provides a backpack of food full of meals and snacks to help feed children at risk of weekend hunger in the community. To learn more about the District 69 Backpack Program and how you can help, check out their website at

May 29Team Susan Forrest is having a Bottle Drive in support of the Haven Society on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can drop off any bottles, cans, plastic recyclables in the parking lot of Serious Coffee at the Heritage Centre located at 9 – 1209 East, Island Hwy E, Parksville.

READ MORE: Parksville Rotary AM donates $6.9K to District 69 backpack program

May 29 — The Ecole Oceanside Elementary School is holding a bottle drive on May 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help pay for a new playground and a kindergarten enhancement project. A drive thru and drop off at the school has been set up, 980 Wright Road, Parksville. The school’s PAC is holding a “Buy a Bolt” cash/cheque donation campaign with every dollar go to the playground projects. Those making a minimum $50 donation can request a tax donation receipt.

June 5Ballenas Whalers Football is having a contact-free bottle drive on Saturday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Winchelsea School/Pass Woodwinds Alternate, 140 Renz Rd. (behind Ballenas Secondary School). You can drop off recyclables in boxes of plastics or for pick up on June 5, call or text Jim at 250-228-0199 to make arrangements.

June 5The Knights of Columbus is holding a bottle drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can drop off recyclable at the Church of Ascension, 887 Wembley Rd., Parksville, by driving through the parking lot where volunteers will take them from you. The KoC is also holding another bottle drive on July 10 at the same location from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— NEWS Staff

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