Event to help out Philips family and Co-op

Fun-loving dance band Bijoux du Bayou are headlining a fundraiser Saturday, May 31 on behalf of the family of Miles Philips and his beloved Cowichan Bio-diesel Co-op.

Starting at 5 p.m. and going on until 11 p.m. at the Hub at Cowichan Station, the event will also feature Paradigm Shifters, Tamara Leigh and the Cooper Clan, Twisted Vine String Band and more.

A suggested donation of $15-$25 with kids 10 and under free with an adult will get you in the door.

Philips has left behind a wife and two daughters now coping with grief and in serious financial difficulties, according to Barbara Sobon, a co-op member and one of the event organizers.

"This was in the wake of a series of events, including multiple robberies and forced pump closures, that have befallen the CB-DC this past year. Proceeds [from the evening] will be split between the family and the Co-op. It’s not every community that is blessed with its own locally produced, sustainable bio-fuel service as we are here in Cowichan. Let’s keep our Co-op going, and providing the essential service it does, and help out a struggling family at the same time," she said.