Silent auction bids for $3,000 for refugees

The Matraea Centre is holding a silent auction fundraiser to get closer to their $25,000 fundraising goal for Syrian refugees.

The Matraea Centre is holding a silent auction fundraiser to get closer to their $25,000 fundraising goal for Syrian refugees.

On Thursday, Nov. 19 from 7:30-10 p.m. You can head to the Silver Bridge Inn to bid on a host of items.

The goal for the evening is to raise at least $3,000, along with $2,000 in other donations. It’s all part of the larger plan to collect $25,000 before the end of December, which will then be matched by the Canadian government, for a total of $50,000 to send to the region around Syria that is struggling to take in millions of refugees fleeing the conflict at home. The Matraea Centre has partnered with the Cowichan Intercultural Society and PLAN Canada in the endeavour.

Businesses, schools, organizations, groups and clubs in the region are encouraged to raise $500 each to donate towards the cause.

“The money we raise will help women, children and families in need,” said Matraea Centre managing partner Rupert Koyote in a press release. “There are millions of Syrians suffering in the midst of this crisis.”