David James of the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers becomes the second castaway voted off in the Parksville Qualicum Beach News contest Survivor - Ballenas Island. — NEWS file photo

SurvivorPQB supports local charity

Readers vote for their favourites and are eligible to win $250 in Groceries

David James, retired volunteer for the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers becomes the second castaway voted off beautiful Ballenas Island in SurvivorPQB. David joins Cara MacDonald Gray, Landscape Architect and Rotarian, waiting for the launch to pick them up on the beach. For the second week in a row, Tribal Council was very close, with only six percentage points of the vote separating four of the castaways.

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: “Might be a bit too annoyingly optimistic!” “Straw Draw,” “Supporting my favorite charity choice,” and “I love Wendy Sears!”

The six remaining castaways are divided into two teams, The North Enders, the Laule’a Clan (Happiness), made up of: George Lenz, carpenter and Deep Bay Fire Department Fire Chief; Sheena McCorquodale, Qualicum Bay artist and Bow Horne Fair Volunteer; and Michele Genereux, longtime volunteer for Fire & Ice and Kiwanis Village in 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; and Rob Jonas, retiree and current president of the Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association.

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 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 require 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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