Lotta Hakala and Cowichan Preschool participants. (submitted)

Cowichan Coffee Time: Artworks and lots of giving

• Carole Rothnie, president of South Cowichan Healthcare Auxiliary, and Ivy Bowidge, treasurer, presented Gretchen Hartley, executive director of Cowichan Hospice, with a $3,125.84 cheque. Hartley gave a tour of the building, and brochures. Hartley asked how SCHA had raised such an amount, and the group was happy to explain that in two hours, with their Beer/Burger and Silent Auction Feb. 17, they had raised the funds thanks to the ticket holders who knew it was for Hospice and bid generously on 50 donated items.

SCHA would like to thank all the businesses and individual local artists, and all our auxilians who donated items and time to the silent auction: MoulinArt, Purdy’s, Fringe Hairstyling, Beverley Corners Liquor Store, Victoria Secret, Lucky Paws (pet store), Cathy Crawford Norwex, B.C. Forest Discovery Centre, Flying Dutchman, Mirra Hair Salon, Alicia Doll (Massage), Island Pharmacy, Serious Coffee, Cobble Hill Cake Co. and Cow Bay Marine Pub.

• “Wow!” said Cowichan Search and Rescue Sept. 25. “Cowichan SAR just had the best start to its day. We were just gifted $13,000 from the 100 Women Cowichan. Thank you so much for supporting us. We truly love what we do.”

• At a recent function at St. Edward’s Parish, Duncan, the local Knights of Columbus distributed cheques to local charities totalling $7,986 with remaining funds of $2,634.00 still to be distributed locally at a later date.

The Knights were pleased to provide funding to the following local groups: Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association $1,000; Clements Centre Society $500; Providence Farm $1,000; Cowichan Valley Basket Society $1,000; Warmland House $500; Ita Wegman Association – Glenora Farm $1,000; Queen of Angels School PSG $1,000; Special Olympics Cowichan Valley $1,000 and Auxiliary to Cowichan District Hospital $986.

The Knights thank the local community for helping to raise these funds through their annual Charity Appeal Draw. Tickets are sold both at Canadian Tire and Thrifty Foods throughout October and into November. The draw is part of a B.C. wide draw which brings much needed funds to many local community groups throughout the province.

This year the Knights are out again in full force to raise as much money as they can. The more raised the more support money to local charities. Lorne Thickett, chairman of the KofC Duncan Charity Appeal says, “Displaying the vehicles provided to us by Island Ford and Island GM dealers sure helps us attract customers. We appreciate them for providing us with these show vehicles to display each year, and, of course, we really appreciate Canadian Tire and Thrifty Foods here in Duncan for allowing us to sell tickets at their location. This year the Knights hope to include their favourite charities in their cash distribution list”.

Prizes available to be won in this draw are: 1st Prize: $60,000 cash; 2nd Prize: 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew 4X4; 3rd Prize 2019 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Fastback; 4th Prize 2019 Toyota Prius C; 5th Prize 2019 Harley Davidson 1200 Iron; plus $17,500 in Early Bird cash prizes. The Duncan and area community is called upon to support this fundraising effort.

• Cowichan Preschool and Lotta, who owns Art By Lotta, organized a project for young inspiring artist ages eight to 14 to create four community murals, which are displayed at Cowichan Preschool.

This project took 80 hours of volunteer time during August and September. There were 11 children and youths that had a vision and worked together to see this project through. They also assisted the preschoolers to create their own mural as well.

This project would not be possible without the community’s support. Cowichan Preschool would like to say thank you to Lotta, Windsor Plywood, Dobson’s Paint & Decorating, Cloverdale Paint, Sherwin-Williams Paint Store and Country Chic Paint. Next time you are at McAdams Park check out these amazing murals!

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Mural makers, from top left: Kira Best, Samantha Bragg, Lotta Hakala, Kaleena Smith. From bottom left: Rosalynn Korteland, Elsa Bollinger, Lyla de Leeuw. Missing: Mackenzie Callihoo, Raleigh Rodney, Lylah Cools, Josephine Kuta, Danika Hakala. (submitted)

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