APPLAUSE: Community support makes film a success

To the Editor,

I would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals who helped me make my latest film, Voices of the River, a reality both through financial contributions and volunteer efforts.

This is a local interest story about an important part of our environment and it needed local participation and support to make it happen.

I would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for major contributions to the film: Gary Prendergast, Daniel Hanneson, David Stanley, Ria De Vos, RBC, Mid Island Co-op, The Land Conservancy, Jim and Eva Manly, West Coast Helicopters, Vancouver Island Real Estate Board, Vancouver Island University, the VIU Student Union, Romper Room, Synergy Magazine, The Life House, Cindy Williams, Nanaimo and Area Land Trust and Coastland Industries.

There is also a long list of individuals who made smaller contributions and who are recognized in the credits of the film.

The Sept. 21 premiere, sponsored by Acme Food Co., the Thirsty Camel, Wild Play and Romper Room, was made successful with great media coverage, the help of a dozen volunteers and the entertainment provided by the talented musicians who donated music to the film’s soundtrack.

The event raised more than $1,200 for TLC, NALT and the Mid Island Sustainability and Stewardship Initiative – all organizations with an interest in stewardship of the Nanaimo River.

Paul Manly

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