Rob Jonas, president of the Parksville Golden Oldies Association (PGOSA) becomes the third castaway voted off Ballenas Island in SurvivorPQB. — NEWS file photo

SurvivorPQB supports local charity

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

Rob Jonas, retiree and president of PGOSA, has become the third castaway voted off Ballenas Island in SurvivorPQB.

Rob joins David James, retired volunteer for the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers and Cara MacDonald Gray, landscape architect and Rotarian waiting for the launch to pick them up on the beach.

The jury at tribal council counted the votes twice as there was only half of a percentage point between two castaways. The north supporters are clearly gunning for the south and had voted strategically to protect their castaways.

Comments from our readers on how and why they voted they way they did included: “He looks like he’s having too much fun – Rob needs to go,” “North Islander allegiance.” :), “They are all so deserving how do you pick one to get booted off!!?” and “Go Team Deep Bay!”

The five remaining castaways are divided into two teams. The North Enders, the Laule’a Clan (Happiness) are 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, Qualicum Beach.

The South Enders, the ’Ohana Clan (Family) are Bob Cummings, financial planner and longtime Parksville Rotarian, and Wendy Sears, event producer who works with Parksville Beachfest, Filberg Festival and others.

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 casts 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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