Kathy Korman of Queen of Angels School gets a cheque from Grand Knight Don Snelling. (submitted)

Cowichan Coffee Time: Donations and fundraising success

• Treasurer Cyndy Dinter of the Auxiliary to Cowichan District Hospital recently wrote out a cheque for a donation of $10,000 toward the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation’s campaign for improved cancer diagnostic equipment at the hospital. Auxiliary President Irene Casselman, Foundation ​Executive Chair Alison Taylor and Executive Director Aimee Sherwood were on hand for the event.

The contribution will go to the $170,000 gamma probe cancer detection funding campaign.

• The Duncan Knights of Columbus are taking part in the B.C. Knights of Columbus’ 56th annual ticket drive to support local charities across B.C.

The main draw happens on Feb. 3, 2018, when ticket buyers will have the chance to win either $50,000, a 2018 GMC Sierra, 2018 Ford Mustang, 2018 Toyota Prius or a 2018 Harley Davidson motorbike. There will also be an early bird draw Jan. 20, where 12 cash prizes from $1,000 to $5,000 are being given out.

Lorne Thickett, chairman of the charity appeal in Duncan said, “It means a lot to people that what we are doing stays in the Valley”. The Duncan Knights have chosen 10 different charities to support with their earned fund this year. Those 10 charities are: Queen of Angels School, St. Joseph’s School, Cowichan Valley Basket Society, Providence Farm, Clement Street Society, the Special Olympics, Warmland House, Neighbours Healing Neighbours, Duncan Christian School, ITA Wegman Association at Glenora Farm, and they are setting aside $1,000 for high school student bursaries.

“The Duncan Knights are in the upper league because of the amount of money we raise,” said Thickett. Last year the Duncan Knights of Columbus sold 10,000 tickets at $2 each for the charity appeal.

Jim Korman, the deputy grand knight in Duncan said, “Most people don’t even expect to win, as they are just happy to support the local charities. Everyone benefits from this charity appeal, the sellers, the buyers, and the charities.”

The ticket drive has been well received by the community over the years. Dave Moore, a local buyer of this year’s draw said, “the Knights of Columbus do a lot of great work and this is our way to support them. The Knights of Columbus do this charity work on a volunteer basis and they help support charities that may not normally be supported, so it is a good cause.”

The group thanks Canadian Tire and Thrifty Foods for providing the space to sell tickets and also to Island GMC and Island Ford for the vehicles provided to enhance sales.

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Providence Farm’s Marybeth McKenzie gets a cheque from Don Snelling, Knights of Columbus Grand Knight. (submitted)

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