Supporting local food bank could mean a cruise vacation

Two fundraising efforts to help the food bank: Cruise vacation raffle tickets and E.J. Hughes calendar sales

Want to help out the local food bank and perhaps win a cruise at the same time? Well, now is your chance.

From now until Jan. 26, you can purchase raffle tickets for $20 from the Cowichan Lake Visitor Centre and Curves Lake Cowichan or by calling Cindy Vaast at 250-749-6239 or Betty Sanddar at 250-749-4802. Each ticket gives you a one in 325 chance of winning a spring cruise.

Winners will have the opportunity to choose between destination choices of Mexico, Alaska and the Caribbean.

The draw date for this prize will take place on Jan. 26, at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena.

Residents can also pick up copies of the 2013 E.J. Hughes calendar for $22 at Curves, Jake’s at the Lake, Lake Cowichan Chiropractic, Honeymoon Bay Retreat and the Visitor Centre.

Eight dollars of each sale goes towards the Lake Cowichan Food Bank.

Hughes was a Canadian artist whose works often depicted the imagery of our beautiful west coast.

Hughes remarkable career as an artist spanned 70 years and encompassed his work as a gifted printmaker, successful muralist, outstanding Canadian war artist and prolific painter. His paintings depict land, sea and small moments of daily life with a rare clarity and vividness. Hughes still has a distinguished reputation for work underscored by a passion for the beauty of the west coast of Canada.

These two fundraising efforts are to help the food bank purchase items throughout the year, as well as to help the society cover the costs of its overhead.

Though the food bank does receive generous donations from area residents, they often find themselves short on items such as fresh produce, canned goods, powdered milk and canned milk, and oatmeal.

If you would like to donate funds, non-perishable food items, garden produce, or fruit from fruit trees, contact Cindy Vaast at 250-749-6239, or email cowichanlakefoodbank@gmail.com.