The Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise held a bottle drive to raise funds to help the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue pay for its new operations centre that is currently being built at the Qualicum Beach Airport. From left, Charlotte Herkel, Gerry Herkel, Bob McClelland, Arlene Costigan, Bob MacKay and Ken Walker. (Michael Briones photo)

The Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise held a bottle drive to raise funds to help the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue pay for its new operations centre that is currently being built at the Qualicum Beach Airport. From left, Charlotte Herkel, Gerry Herkel, Bob McClelland, Arlene Costigan, Bob MacKay and Ken Walker. (Michael Briones photo)

Qualicum Beach Rotary Clubs raise more than $10K for Arrowsmith Search and Rescue

Bottle drive receives significant support from community

The Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach and the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise held a successful bottle drive that raised more than $5,000 for the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue.

The bottle drive was held on July 17 and generated $5,110, including donations from individuals who stopped by to give their support to the ASAR, currently building its new operations centre at the Qualicum Beach Airport.

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And through the Rotary’s International matching grant, the amount doubled to $10,220 which will help ASAR pay for their new building.

The new ASAR operations centre will provide improved training space for all members where they can develop, maintain and upgrade their search and rescue skills.

The new operations centre is projected to open in October. With COVID-19 restrictions now being lifted, ASAR will host an open house on Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

— NEWS Staff

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