Coming up in Cowichan

Salvation Army, Marine Search and Rescue, Alzheimer Society all fundraising

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers support and education for people affected by dementia, accessible anywhere in the province. (Photo courtesy of Alzheimer Society of B.C.)

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers support and education for people affected by dementia, accessible anywhere in the province. (Photo courtesy of Alzheimer Society of B.C.)

With less than two weeks to go before Christmas, Salvation Army Kettle donations are down across British Columbia, the Salvation Army said in a press release this week. In some communities, Kettles are down as much as 50 per cent compared to last year.

The Salvation Army relies heavily on Kettle donations not only to help people during Christmas, but all year long. Almost 70 per cent of the funds raised for the organization are raised during November and December and this year those funds are not coming in.

“This is our busiest fundraising time of the year and to be down this much at this point in our campaign is concerning,” says Mike Leland with The Salvation Army B.C. Division. “We rely on these funds and if we do not turn things around quickly, a lot of individuals and families will be missed this year.”

With a goal of $5 million in B.C., the Christmas Kettle Campaign enables The Salvation Army to work with struggling individuals and families and provide the necessities: food, clothing and shelter. Donations also support The Salvation Army’s life-changing programs, such as substance abuse recovery, housing supports, job and life-skills training, and education classes that help people find a way out of poverty, permanently.

With less than two weeks remaining before Christmas, The Salvation Army is hoping for a strong outpouring of support from the public, the press release said.

“The Christmas Kettle is a symbol of help and hope for those in need during the holidays and a direct way for people to make a meaningful impact in their community,” says Leland. “As people are out shopping in the weeks before Christmas, we invite them to donate at a Christmas Kettle… and we’ve made it safe and easy this year with our secure tap-and-go Kettles.”

On Saturday, Dec. 18, Walmart Canada will match donations made by individuals to Salvation Army Christmas Kettles located in select stores nationwide up to a maximum of $100,000.

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Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue is holding an online fundraiser.

To support volunteer training, the group has launched their first province-wide 50/50 raffle, that will benefit every station, including Cowichan, across the organization. As the name implies, half of the proceeds will go to the raffle winner, while half will got to support RCMSAR and societies.

The draw will take place on Jan. 3, 2022 at 10 a.m., and raffle tickets can be bought until Jan. 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

The maximum payout possible to the winner will be $100,000.

Find the raffle here: https://rcmsar.rafflenexus.com/

You can also donate directly to the Mill Bay Marine Rescue Society here https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/10013, and receipts will be issued for all donations greater than $20.

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The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is gearing up for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in January 2022. Cowichan Valley residents will have the chance to hear the stories of community members affected by dementia and learn how they can show up for the people in their own lives who are affected by the disease.

In the meantime, people in the area affected by dementia still need your help, said a press release from the society. At a time when kindness is needed more than ever, gifts made to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. will go twice as far to fund critical programs and services for people around the province who are affected by dementia. Thanks to a group of generous donors, every donation made up to Dec. 31 will be matched up to $85,000.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. connects people living with dementia, their caregivers and family members to support and education at any point in the disease through First Link dementia support. Cowichan Valley residents can connect to support by asking their health-care provider for a referral or by calling the First Link Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033. To learn more about the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and Alzheimer’s Awareness Month visit alzbc.org/AAM2022 or to make a donation this December, visit alzbc.org/holidaygiving.

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