Local non-profits share their messages

Lake Cowichan’s Country Grocer entrance area was turned into a mini carnival, Saturday, April 30.

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Louis Clairmen

Lake Cowichan’s Country Grocer entrance area was turned into a mini carnival, Saturday, April 30.

The area was decorated in celebration of the annual Customer Appreciation Day, during which time the Cowichan Lake area’s many non-profit organizations set up booths and shared what they have to offer the area.

One of these organizations was the Kaatza Art Group, whose members are currently planning their annual Kaatza Art Show and Sale, at the Lower Centennial Hall, May 2 to 22.

Unique to this year’s event will be a wall full of artwork commemorating the Kinsol Trestle.

The sale of these pieces of art will go toward the Kinsol Trestle Restoration Fund.

“They needed money, and it seems to be important to a lot of people,” Kaatza Art Group vice president Loretta Puckrin said.

The Lake Auxiliary is planning a Tag Day event, Friday, May 6.

During the day, from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., about five stations of volunteers will be set up in town, during which time they will be accepting donations for the Cowichan District Hospital.

The volunteers will be easy to spot, as they will be wearing red and white-striped shirts.

The group tends to raise about $5,000 a year for the hospital, through the Tag Day event and other fund-raising efforts throughout the year.

They also accept Country Grocer receipts, as the store donates a percentage of sales toward their efforts.