Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society hosting fundraiser

Buy a burger and a beer, get a seniors care facility

Your burger, fries and a beer at Jake’s at the Lake Oct. 23 will help the Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society raise some of the funds needed to construct a multi-level, multi-unit seniors care facility right in the middle of the Town of Lake Cowichan.

Tickets are $20 and the evening event will also feature a 50/50 draw and a silent auction.

“We are in the process of raising funds. We’re building a long term care facility,” said the Society’s Marg McGillis. “We are very excited. In Lake Cowichan we already have the property and we have a group, M’akola Enterprises, helping us get started.”

The property, right in behind the Lake Cowichan Library, was gifted to the Society by the Town of Lake Cowichan for the purpose of constructing a seniors care facility.

“It’s really in a good spot,” McGillis noted. “It’s not the biggest place, but it’s a beginning.

The lot may be small but the task is not. The group needs to raise upwards of $20 million, all told.

“This is our big project and it’s a huge project. We’ve been at this for a few years,” McGillis explained. “It’s going to take a while, two years we’re hoping but we’re off to a good start.”

The facility hopes to offer three tiers of care from assisted living through to complex care.

They’re still not quite sure on the number of units, the group is still looking at the design for the oddly shaped lot.

“We’re hoping to get quite a few units in there,” McGillis said. “It’s needed here. We need to keep people in the community instead of having to go to Duncan or Ladysmith.”

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Tickets can be purchased at Dot’s or by calling Sheila at 250-749-6125.

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