Charity and Donations

Ken Barkman at Save-On-Foods in Garrison Crossing on June 5, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

78-year-old Ken Barkman of Chilliwack riding 3,000 kilometres for BC Children’s Hospital

Grandfather helping son and wife, who have adopted four high-risk babies

 

People are rallying behind the Drombolis family of North Langley. Dad Shane has been battling a rare form of cancer and mom Kristine was recently diagnosed with the very same condition. (GoFundMe)

Community rallies to help B.C. couple battling rare form of cancer

GoFundMe launched after wife was diagnosed with the same rare cancer husband is fighting

 

Lily Bowers with her Ukraine flag-style quilt, made to help raise funds to support those displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood woman raises over $2K for Ukraine with special handmade blanket

Lily Bowers donated $2,210 raised through ticket sales to the Red Cross

Lily Bowers with her Ukraine flag-style quilt, made to help raise funds to support those displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Ukrainian members of the 2008-09 Canada World Youth exchange dress in their traditional clothing for an event in Port Alberni 13 years ago. (PHOTO COURTESY BEN SCHEIDEGGER)

Canada-Ukraine exchange students return to B.C. town to help and to remember

2008-09 Canada World Youth students spent three months in Ukraine and three months in Alberni

Ukrainian members of the 2008-09 Canada World Youth exchange dress in their traditional clothing for an event in Port Alberni 13 years ago. (PHOTO COURTESY BEN SCHEIDEGGER)
Sgt. Shane Worth of the Oceanside RCMP, left, was on hand as the Oceanside RCMP helped raise more than $3,500 and a police car full of food and other necessities for the Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army Food Bank (Submitted photo)

RCMP ‘Cram the Cruiser’ event raises more than $3.5K for Salvation Army food bank

Oceanside Community Safety helps stage fundraiser at Wembley Mall

Sgt. Shane Worth of the Oceanside RCMP, left, was on hand as the Oceanside RCMP helped raise more than $3,500 and a police car full of food and other necessities for the Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army Food Bank (Submitted photo)
From left: Keith Reimer, Seaside Cruizers member and co-organizer of tool donation event; Dave Field, Cruizers member and event co-organizer; Judith Seddon, manager of Central Builders. (Submitted photo)

Seaside Cruizers tool donation event a rousing success

Items collected to assist B.C. flood victims

From left: Keith Reimer, Seaside Cruizers member and co-organizer of tool donation event; Dave Field, Cruizers member and event co-organizer; Judith Seddon, manager of Central Builders. (Submitted photo)
Sarah Beairsto (left), seven-year-old Harper Harvey and Debra Legge with boxes of Girl Guides cookies outside a warehouse in North Delta on Saturday, March 12. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

Girl Guides back to door-to-door cookie sales after 2 years of doing business differently

Chocolate/vanilla cookies sold in spring, and those who love the mint ones have to wait until fall

Sarah Beairsto (left), seven-year-old Harper Harvey and Debra Legge with boxes of Girl Guides cookies outside a warehouse in North Delta on Saturday, March 12. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
A naked bungy fundraiser raised more than $100,000 for Mental Health Recovery Partners this past weekend, March 5-6, at Nanaimo’s WildPlay Element Park. (Photo courtesy Kat Craats/WildPlay Element Parks)

Naked bungy Vancouver Island jumpers set fundraising record

More than $100,000 raised for Mental Health Recovery Partners

A naked bungy fundraiser raised more than $100,000 for Mental Health Recovery Partners this past weekend, March 5-6, at Nanaimo’s WildPlay Element Park. (Photo courtesy Kat Craats/WildPlay Element Parks)
Lily Bowers of Sparwood is creating a quilt made with Ukrainian flag colours to help raise funds to support refugees. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood local creates quilt for Ukraine

Any funds raised from the quilt’s sale will go towards helping refugees escaping the war in Ukraine

Lily Bowers of Sparwood is creating a quilt made with Ukrainian flag colours to help raise funds to support refugees. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The 2022 Wounded Warrior Run concludes at Victoria’s Market Square on March 6. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Wounded Warriors complete 2022’s 600-kilometre Vancouver Island run in Victoria

After a two-year hiatus, the run raised over $150,000 for uniformed first responders

The 2022 Wounded Warrior Run concludes at Victoria’s Market Square on March 6. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
A Diabetes Canada donation bin in the parking lot at Country Grocer in Chase River. (News Bulletin file photo)

Diabetes Canada asking for donations of 40 pieces of clothing over 40 days

Charitable organization asks Vancouver Island residents to go through their closets for a good cause

A Diabetes Canada donation bin in the parking lot at Country Grocer in Chase River. (News Bulletin file photo)
The Parksville Community Centre, with the help of the Arrowsmith Royal Canadian Legion Branch 49, raised $2,000 for the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue. (Submitted photo)
The Parksville Community Centre, with the help of the Arrowsmith Royal Canadian Legion Branch 49, raised $2,000 for the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue. (Submitted photo)
Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty presents a donation cheque of $11,174.40 to the Haven Society, on Feb. 23, 2022. (Michael Briones photo)

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty donates $11.1K to Haven Society

Fundraisers held in conjunction with shelter foundation

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty presents a donation cheque of $11,174.40 to the Haven Society, on Feb. 23, 2022. (Michael Briones photo)
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Matt, Jody, Lucy and Lilly Gallant (alongside Izzy) have received help for Lucy’s disabilities from Variety BC. Lucy’s story will be shared as part of Variety’s annual telethon broadcast on Global TV. (Submitted Photo)

Quesnel kindergartener ‘poster-girl’ for Variety telethon

Lucy Gallant, along with her twin sister Lilly, have been filming commercials for the telethon

Matt, Jody, Lucy and Lilly Gallant (alongside Izzy) have received help for Lucy’s disabilities from Variety BC. Lucy’s story will be shared as part of Variety’s annual telethon broadcast on Global TV. (Submitted Photo)
The members of the 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside presented the founder of the District 69 Backpack Program Virginia Worcester, left, a huge donation of $28,200. Presenting the cheques were Cheryl Myers, right, Debbe Patterson, Melissa Tracey and Joan Ethier. (Michael Briones photo)

District 69 Backpack Program receives $28K donation from 100-plus Women Who Care

Program ensures children don’t go into weekends without food

The members of the 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside presented the founder of the District 69 Backpack Program Virginia Worcester, left, a huge donation of $28,200. Presenting the cheques were Cheryl Myers, right, Debbe Patterson, Melissa Tracey and Joan Ethier. (Michael Briones photo)
Victoria Humane Society celebrated what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday with a collage as people took part in the #BettyWhiteChallenge, donating cash to an animal charity. (Victoria Humane Society/Facebook)

Love for Betty White tallies nearly $500,000 for animal welfare groups in B.C.

What would have been iconic actor’s 100th birthday sees $40,000 donated to Victoria Humane Society

Victoria Humane Society celebrated what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday with a collage as people took part in the #BettyWhiteChallenge, donating cash to an animal charity. (Victoria Humane Society/Facebook)
CNOY Oceanside Coordinator, Sara Schreider, presents a 1K button to Thomas Hazelman, who raised $1000 for CNOY in 2021.

When the weather outside is frightful, Oceanside residents raise money for those without homes

Annual Coldest Night of the Year returns in February 2022 with hybrid in-person and virtual event

  • Jan 17, 2022
CNOY Oceanside Coordinator, Sara Schreider, presents a 1K button to Thomas Hazelman, who raised $1000 for CNOY in 2021.
The Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army had close to 180 volunteers that helped with the Kettle Campaign during the Christmas season. (Submitted photo)

Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army kettle campaign exceeds goal, raises $123,755

Ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and unpredictable weather conditions created challenges

The Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army had close to 180 volunteers that helped with the Kettle Campaign during the Christmas season. (Submitted photo)