Kellan Schade

Kellan Schade

Parksville youngster, and others like Tigh-Na-Mara Resort, doing their part to help Fort McMurray

Nine-year-old Kellan Schade of Parksville raised more than $122 for the Red Cross last week by selling lemonade

With the fire still burning (away from the city) and many still not allowed to return, Vancouver Islanders are looking to help people in Fort McMurray.

A fundraising concert in Qualicum Beach last week was described as a big success, but organizers didn’t have final numbers of the amount of money and donations collected.

Throughout May the team at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort in Parksville is donating in a number of ways.

The resort will contribute $1 from every reservation, $1 from every dessert sold in their Cedars Restaurant and host a ‘donate and dip’ every Tuesday in the Grotto Spa.

Guests can enjoy a dip in the Grotto Mineral Pool from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays (May 17, 24 and 31) with all proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross to help those affected by Alberta’s wildfires.

The $20 minimum donation will be in exchange for access to the Mineral Pool Whirlpool and Relaxation Lounge.

Advance reservations are required (1-250-248-1838) to reserve a locker, to a maximum of 20 guests per night.

Tigh-Na-Mara will also match every dollar donated by their staff and challenge other resorts to join them in the effort.

The NEWS is also hearing about many local efforts like that of nine-year-old Kellan Schade (above), who raised $122.15 through lemonade sales.

Experts say a lot more help is needed, but point out cash is much more useful than physical goods.

Cash donations to the Red Cross have surpassed $70 million and any before May 31 will be matched by the government.

Visit their ‘Alberta Fires’ appeal page at www.redcross.ca, visit any Red Cross office or call 1-800-418-1111.

Text REDCROSS to 30333 to make a $5 donation, or text FIRES to 45678 to make a $10 donation.

— NEWS Staff