May Nishiura passes a donated item along the human chain which stretched from side of campus to the other. (Photo by Darcy Hutchison)

Cowichan Coffee Time

Chain of Love and Lake to Lake Walk

• This year’s Queen Margaret’s School Food Chain, the Chain of Love, was another huge success, the school says.

Just before Thanksgiving QMS students gathered more than 700 pounds of non-perishable food items which were donated to the Cowichan Basket Society.

• Last month the Cowichan Valley Regional District hosted its annual Lake to Lake Walk & Marathon that saw 127 participants complete the 42.2 kilometre Cowichan Valley Trail.

Held on Saturday, Sept. 8, the event began at West Shawnigan Lake Park and finished at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, with participants fundraising for the charity of their choice. The event was organized by CVRD staff from Cowichan Lake Recreation, South Cowichan Recreation and Public Safety Division, and made possible by dozens of volunteers and sponsorship from a number of individuals, local businesses and community organizations.

“We are grateful for the support we received from across the region for this charitable event, and the ability to utilize one of the Cowichan Valley’s most incredible [outdoor/recreational] assets,” said John Elzinga, general manager of Community Services for the Cowichan Valley Regional District. “Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the Lake to Lake event and congratulations to all the participants for their endurance and admirable fundraising efforts.”

Participants collectively raised $12,486.10 for charitable organizations that included: Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention; Canadian Cancer Society; Ladysmith Resources Centre Association; Cowichan Valley Caregivers Support Society; Cowichan Valley Basket Society; Camp Homewood; Cowichan Hospice; and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The majority of participants completed the event in eight to nine hours, but there were those who ran the Cowichan Valley Trail at a competitive marathon pace. The man who completed the event with the fastest time was Cory Ramstead with a time of 3:40:49 hours, and the fastest woman was Emily Solsberg with a time of 3:41:30 hours.

Rest stops along the route were staffed by volunteers and sponsored by the CVRD, South Cowichan Community Policing, Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce, Cowichan Lake Pickleball Players, Lake Cowichan branch of First West’s Island Savings Credit Union, Cowichan Valley ATV Club and the Honeymoon Bay Community Society.

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