The Asian tsunami disaster happened on the opposite side of the globe – but that hasn’t stopped islanders from opening their wallets to help the affected people. Fundraising efforts are happening all over the world, and the islands are no exception. Many businesses have set up donation jars for charity organizations, and there are upcoming events and shows planned to raise money for groups like the Red Cross. Faye Beaulieu, who organized a collection drive by the St. John’s Ambulance in Queen Charlotte and Skidegate, said that they raised $3,350 in “a two-day blitz.”
“People are so generous here,” she said, “we’ve seen it so many times with local people – how we support each other.” The $3,350 raised will be matched by the federal government, making a total of nearly $7,000. Ms Beaulieu said that when she e-mailed the information down to Vancouver, they were stunned that they raised so much in such a tiny community.
The Village of Masset and Port Clements each donated $500 to the relief effort, and in Queen Charlotte, a further $477 was raised at the New Year’s Dance.
There are events at both ends of the islands this weekend, as well. If you’re in Masset this Saturday, there will be a fundraiser coffee house at the community hall – watch for posters for the details. In Queen Charlotte, Roots and Shoots is hosting a garage sale and loonie/toonie auction at the United Church Annex from 10 am to 1 pm. Sale items are welcomed, and can be dropped off at the church on Friday, January 7, from 6-8 pm.
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