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The Ramblers Band set to play Sept. 16 concert to benefit SOS

All proceeds will support the SOS All in 4 Kids Campaign
The Ramblers Band plays a benefit concert for SOS in 2022. Their next benefit concert for SOS takes place at the Qualicum Beach Seniors’ Activity Centre on Sept. 16 from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. (Submitted photo)

By Lissa Alexander

PQB musician Darla Clarke has been familiar with the positive impacts SOS has made in the community for many years as her husband Graham was a longtime volunteer, so when he passed away in 2019, she picked up his cause.

“I approached the band about doing a concert,” she said. “That’s how it started and it seemed to be well received, and as the word spread and others expressed an interest, we decided to continue.”

The Ramblers Band has been around since 1987. Members often played in the local care facilities and would donate any money they received to the local Shriners Club to help purchase special equipment for children.

The band has evolved over the years and today the seven-member, volunteer band plays an assortment of music including classic oldies and rock n’ roll.

On Saturday, Sept. 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the group will play their fourth benefit concert for SOS at the Qualicum Beach Seniors’ Activity Centre.

Entry is by donation and all proceeds will support the SOS All in 4 Kids Campaign, helping local children thrive through play and recreation. Refreshments will be available.

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Cheques of $20 and more made out to SOS will receive a tax receipt. So far, the Ramblers have raised a total of $4,027 for SOS.

SOS was very important to Graham, Darla said. He was a volunteer driver for the Medical Appointment Transportation Services for approximately 18 years and a Meals On Wheels driver for approximately 20. Although Graham didn’t play an instrument, he was always very supportive of Darla’s musical endeavours, transporting her large equipment back and forth to her gigs, she remembers. She hopes this event will help raise awareness of SOS, and a nice sum of money to support local children and youth.

“I continue to support SOS because I think it’s a marvelous organization in our community and one that needs all the support we all can give to keep the amazing groups functioning,” she said.

SOS has been meeting needs and enriching the lives of District 69 residents since 1968. Thanks to community support, SOS provides 25 programs and services to all ages, including programs that meet basic needs, and those that promote healthy living and social connections. Financial donations and volunteers, along with support at SOS Thrift Shop, help keep SOS operating.

For more information about SOS, visit

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