Almost $10,000 raised from annual poppy campaign in Cowichan

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53 has donated $1,500 to Providence Farms with proceeds from its annual poppy campaign. Pictured is Legion president Betty James (centre) handing the cheque to the Providence Farms’ Leah Boisvert (left) and Tracey Parrow (right). (Submitted photo)The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53 has donated $1,500 to Providence Farms with proceeds from its annual poppy campaign. Pictured is Legion president Betty James (centre) handing the cheque to the Providence Farms’ Leah Boisvert (left) and Tracey Parrow (right). (Submitted photo)
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53 has donated $5,000 to the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation with proceeds from its annual poppy campaign. Pictured is the foundation’s Tracey Brown (left) receiving the cheque from Legion branch president Betty James. (Submitted photo)The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53 has donated $5,000 to the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation with proceeds from its annual poppy campaign. Pictured is the foundation’s Tracey Brown (left) receiving the cheque from Legion branch president Betty James. (Submitted photo)
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53 has donated $1,500 to Sunridge Place with proceeds from its annual poppy campaign. Pictured is Legion president Betty James (centre) handing the cheque to Sunridge’s Jain Mariyil (left) and Dennis Aitkins (right). (Submitted photo)The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53 has donated $1,500 to Sunridge Place with proceeds from its annual poppy campaign. Pictured is Legion president Betty James (centre) handing the cheque to Sunridge’s Jain Mariyil (left) and Dennis Aitkins (right). (Submitted photo)
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53 has donated $1,500 to Cerwydden Seniors with proceeds from its annual poppy campaign. Pictured is Cerwydden’s Rob Armson (right) receiving the cheque from Legion branch president Betty James. (Submitted photo)The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53 has donated $1,500 to Cerwydden Seniors with proceeds from its annual poppy campaign. Pictured is Cerwydden’s Rob Armson (right) receiving the cheque from Legion branch president Betty James. (Submitted photo)

The Cowichan Valley’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53 has distributed almost $10,000 to local charities and other groups from the proceeds of its annual poppy campaign, held last November.

The local Legion’s poppy campaign was one of the most successful across Canada.

“The 2020 poppy campaign was particularly challenging because the COVID-19 pandemic prevented many of the veterans and senior volunteers from setting up at their usual posts with the poppy boxes at the various businesses and events, and the cadets were also stood down,” said Betty James, branch president.

“We’ve done small, modified cenotaph ceremonies, and the community came through with donations. We look forward to a bigger public presence this year.”

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