Landscape architect Cara MacDonald Gray became the first Castaway voted off Ballenas Island in the Parksville Qualicum Beach News Survivor – Ballenas Island challenge. — NEWS file photo

SurvivorPQB supports local charity

Readers vote for the favourites and are eligible to win $250 in groceries

Cara MacDonald Gray, landscape architect and Rotarian, becomes the first Castaway voted off beautiful Ballenas Island in Survivor. Tribal council was so close, with only two percentage points of the vote separating three of the castways. Clearly, readers from the north had voted strategically and were looking to protect their castaways.

Comments from our readers on how and why they voted they way they did included: “Because the South Enders take our sunshine,” “I am for the North Enders!” “I preferred the charity choice of another Survivor participant” and “To give the Northern crew a fighting chance!”

The seven remaining castaways are divided into two teams, The North Enders, the Laule’a Clan (Happiness). George Lenz, carpenter and Deep Bay Fire Department Fire Chief; Sheena McCorquodale, Qualicum Bay artist and Bow Horne Fair Volunteer; David James, a member of the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers; and Michele Genereux, longtime volunteer for Fire & Ice and Kiwanis Village, Qualicum Beach.

The South Enders, the ’Ohana Clan (Family) are Bob Cummings, financial planner and longtime Parksville Rotarian; Wendy Sears, event producer who works with Parksville Beachfest, Filberg Festival and others; Rob Jonas, retiree and current president of the Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association (PGOSA).

Readers are reminded to make sure they vote to keep their favorite castaway in the game (and on the Island). Survivor – Ballenas Island is a spoof of the popular television series featuring eight contestants from District 69, who each have a good sense of humour, a favorite charity and often volunteer their own time for the community and various charity projects.

All reader voting takes place online at PQBNews.com/Contests/ over eight weeks. The last castaway will win $500 for the charity of their choice and one reader who cast a ballot will have their name entered in a draw to win a $250 grocery card.

Like the TV version of Survivor, each week the castaways will be required to complete a number of tasks, which requires answering questions. Those who are familiar with “Gilligan’s Island” and “Survivor” will recognize the references.

Readers check the answers each week to see how their favourite castaway is doing, and then vote someone off the island in order to keep their favorite in play. Readers may vote once per day. All decisions will be made by the “Tribal Council“ at the PQB News and will be final.

This is the second time the Survivor Game has been staged by the Parksville Qualicum Beach News, in 2017, Betsey Poel of Bowser was the winner of Survivor – Lasqueti Island, snagging $500 for her favorite charity, Arrowsmith Search and Rescue.

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