A cheque for $11,500 was presented to St. Peter’s Foot Clinic volunteer Adrian Rees by Grant Price of 100 Men Who Care Cowichan Valley in March. (submitted)

Cowichan Coffee Time: fundraising and a lucky winner

• A cheque for $11,500 was presented to St. Peter’s Foot Clinic volunteer Adrian Rees by Grant Price of 100 Men Who Care Cowichan Valley at the chapter’s quarterly meeting in March.

This followed a speech and slide show about December’s charitable choice, the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre.

The 100 Men chapter has donated a total of more than $111,000 to 10 local charities. For more information, email menwhocarecv@gmail.com

• Mill Bay’s Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue unit selected a winning ticket in their fundraising raffle of a roundtrip Westjet flight for two.

The lucky winner is ticket No. 027 purchased by Brian of Nanoose Bay.

“Thank you Westjet for helping us in our fundraising, by donating this opportunity.

We appreciate everyone who purchased tickets and thank our crew member Charles, also a pilot for Westjet, for using our non profit group to donate one roundtrip flight for two guests to any regularly scheduled and marketed WestJet destination,” said organizers.

The funds will be used for repairs to the group’s boathouse.

• Judith Belton recently reminded us that not everything has been cancelled.

In April, Belton worked on her 5th Marathon of Home, a fundraising run the Mill Bay resident to benefit the Cowichan Valley Hospice Society and its Hospice House.

Belton has been running daily since last April, mainly close to home in the Mill Bay/Shawnigan area. Since the start of the pandemic, she has continued running every day along the popular routes of Cobble Hill Road, Cameron-Taggart Rd. and Mill Bay Road, always observing social distancing. These routes have become a lot quieter and more enjoyable for the runner since the pandemic has slowed and reduced car traffic, she noted.

Belton put a notice of her fundraising effort on her Facebook page mid-March. Many donors have sent contributions directly to Cowichan Valley Hospice Society, 3122 Gibbins Rd., Duncan, B.C. V9L 1G2.

• The Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives has received a BC Arts Council Arts and Culture Resilience Supplement Award for $5,000. The Arts and Culture Resilience Supplement is part of the BC Arts Council’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Museums and archives have been hard hit by the pandemic.

“Since the closure of our museum and archives on March 18, we have lost revenue streams from admission donations, gift shop sales and archives services,” explained Curator Kathryn Gagnon. “The Award we received from the BC Arts Council will help mitigate the costs of operating our institution and support us as we continue to plan for our eventual reopening.”

Please consider donating to local museums and archives! If you would like to make a donation to the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives you can donate through Canada Helps at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/cowichan-historical-society/

The Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives, owned and operated by the Cowichan Historical Society, is located in the heritage designated Duncan Train Station. The museum and archives are currently closed, but look forward to welcoming you again when the doors reopen. For more information, please contact curator/manager Kathryn Gagnon at cvmuseum.archives@shaw.ca.

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