Child Haven’s Parksville Qualicum Beach fundraising dinner cancelled this year

Local people can still support the cause by attending the Courtenay event

  • Sep. 22, 2016 7:00 a.m.

The organizers of the Annual Child Haven Fundraising dinner say they regret to inform the public that they are cancelling the dinner for this year.

Four years ago, Leona Matte and Cilla Lewenhaupt took over the reigns from the previous fundraising group of 16 years, but they said through a news release that this year other commitments leave them with little time to co-ordinate this event, which benefits this amazing non-profit humanitarian organization.

Child Haven was founded and is operated by Bonnie and Fred Cappuccino of Maxville, Ontario. The news release said their story is as unique as they are, and “their tireless devotion knows no bounds. As they both approach their 90s they continue to fundraise and travel to the Child Haven Homes in India, Nepal, Tibet and Bangladesh.”

The Parksville-Qualicum community has generously supported these fundraising dinners for 21 years and the organizers are hoping to bring back another Child Haven event for October 2017.

“We are really hoping there are more people out there that will feel inspired and challenged to rise to the occasion and join the fundraising group with the possibility of taking on a leadership role next year,” said a news release from the society. “It is a great way to meet people in the community as well as putting in your own time and skills to a fantastic cause that has been a tradition for this community.”

People are encouraged to support the Courtenay dinner, Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Filberg Centre. Supporters of the Parksville-Qualicum dinner event can still send their donations to Childhaven International (through www.childhaven.ca). Should you wish to become involved in planning next year’s dinner event, please contact Leona Matte at 250-951-1290 or Cilla Lewenhaupt at 250-240-3362.

— Submitted by Leona Matte