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Lieut. Orphée Bernard takes a twirl on his Movember moustache as Lieut. Jeff Allan, back left, firefighters Andrew Mills and Layne Polnick and Capt. Troy Libbus display an oversized cheque showing the amount of cash raised from the profits of custom-embroidered T-shirt sales. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo firefighters raise moustache cash

Firefighters support Movember Canada through T-shirt sale fundraiser

Janice Perrino, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation CEO, holds information brochures for the Light the Trees campaign, part of an effort to raise $5 million for the new intensive care unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Million-dollar donation has Light the Trees campaign off to a bright start in Nanaimo

Windsor Plywood Foundation supports Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation

Island Corridor Foundation says this year’s Holiday Train will be even more brightly lighted when it makes stops to collect donations for the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive. (Photo submitted)

Island Corridor Foundation all aboard with Holiday Train supporting toy drive

Charity event supporting Great Nanaimo Toy Drive takes place at two locations Dec. 10

Peter Sinclair, Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank’s executive director, hoists donations to the Christmas hamper program. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Donations being accepted for Christmas hamper program in Nanaimo

Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank accepting registrations now, distribution begins Dec. 14

Peter Sinclair, Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank’s executive director, hoists donations to the Christmas hamper program. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
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Salvation Army asks for volunteers to help serve up Christmas dinners

Charity looking for help with preparing, packaging, serving and delivering meals

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Mel Huggins, left, and Greg Nowik of Bikes for Kids deliver bikes to children at Bayview Elementary School in Nanaimo on Nov. 18. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Bikes for Kids gets Nanaimo-Ladysmith students wheeling

Program sees The Nowik Team mortgage brokers, Nanaimo RCMP and Coal City Cycles work together

Mel Huggins, left, and Greg Nowik of Bikes for Kids deliver bikes to children at Bayview Elementary School in Nanaimo on Nov. 18. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
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Lieut. Blair Pinker, left, Brad Terragni, fire prevention officer, firefighter Jared MacLeod and the rest of Nanaimo’s firefighters are asking the public to pitch in to fight muscular dystrophy this weekend by donating to the Boot Drive. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo firefighters are out to give muscular dystrophy the boot this weekend

Boot Drive will take place at Save-On-Foods Country Club Centre on Saturday, Nov. 21

Lieut. Blair Pinker, left, Brad Terragni, fire prevention officer, firefighter Jared MacLeod and the rest of Nanaimo’s firefighters are asking the public to pitch in to fight muscular dystrophy this weekend by donating to the Boot Drive. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Dawne Anderson, Salvation Army envoy in Nanaimo, says organizers for this Christmas Kettle Campaign are finding ways to cope with COVID-19 conditions during the organization’s biggest annual fundraiser. The charity will accept contributions online and with tap-equipped electronic transaction machines at kettle locations. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign carrying on in Nanaimo under COVID-19 conditions

COVID-19 will impact kettle drive operations, but the organization is finding work-arounds

Dawne Anderson, Salvation Army envoy in Nanaimo, says organizers for this Christmas Kettle Campaign are finding ways to cope with COVID-19 conditions during the organization’s biggest annual fundraiser. The charity will accept contributions online and with tap-equipped electronic transaction machines at kettle locations. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Ronell Bosman, Samaritan House manager, left; and Sara Knippshield, support worker; receive a delivery of gift bags last month from the Preceptor Gamma Lambda chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International, represented by volunteers Barbara Catt, Nola Jones and Caryl Skolski. (Photo submitted)

Women’s friendship centre donates essential items to Samaritan House

Preceptor Gamma Lambda supports Nanaimo women’s shelter

Ronell Bosman, Samaritan House manager, left; and Sara Knippshield, support worker; receive a delivery of gift bags last month from the Preceptor Gamma Lambda chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International, represented by volunteers Barbara Catt, Nola Jones and Caryl Skolski. (Photo submitted)
Diane Vik checks out the selection of thousands of books at the Rotary Used Book Sale happening at Nanaimo North Town Centre near London Drugs. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo used book sale physically distances fiction and non-fiction

Rotary Used Book Sale on now at Nanaimo North Town Centre

Diane Vik checks out the selection of thousands of books at the Rotary Used Book Sale happening at Nanaimo North Town Centre near London Drugs. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
After losing family members to cancer and inquiring about local mental health services, David Bitonti decided to organize Movember Night at the Nanaimo Bar on Nov. 14. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
After losing family members to cancer and inquiring about local mental health services, David Bitonti decided to organize Movember Night at the Nanaimo Bar on Nov. 14. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Alison Douglas, owner of the Children’s Treehouse, left, makes a donation to the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive, represented by board member Carolyn Iles. (Photo submitted)

Great Nanaimo Toy Drive puts out a call for volunteers

Registration for the Christmas charity starts Nov. 16

Alison Douglas, owner of the Children’s Treehouse, left, makes a donation to the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive, represented by board member Carolyn Iles. (Photo submitted)
Canadian Federation of University Women Nanaimo members Wendy Smiley, left, CFUW-Nanaimo president Karen Skarpnes, storyteller Margaret Murphy, and CFUW members Jeri Manley and club treasurer Kathy Torhjelm gather in recognition of the club’s 75th anniversary. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo chapter of Canadian Federation of University Women celebrates 75th anniversary

Group gathered via Zoom earlier this month to recall its history in the area

Canadian Federation of University Women Nanaimo members Wendy Smiley, left, CFUW-Nanaimo president Karen Skarpnes, storyteller Margaret Murphy, and CFUW members Jeri Manley and club treasurer Kathy Torhjelm gather in recognition of the club’s 75th anniversary. (Photo submitted)
Tara Feindel, left, Kamilla Duha and Sonja Ferg are among the members of Youth 20/20 Can Nanaimo who will participate in a Halloween for Hunger event Oct. 31, collecting donations of non-perishable food items for the Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Youths in costumes ask for community support of Halloween food drive

Youth 20/20 Can Nanaimo holding event Oct. 31 outside former Pier 1 Imports

Tara Feindel, left, Kamilla Duha and Sonja Ferg are among the members of Youth 20/20 Can Nanaimo who will participate in a Halloween for Hunger event Oct. 31, collecting donations of non-perishable food items for the Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo non-profits are looking for space to be able to accommodate their upcoming Christmas charity drives. (Stock photo)

Christmas charities in need of space to accommodate their efforts

Great Nanaimo Toy Drive and Christmas Angels charities challenged by COVID-19 times

Nanaimo non-profits are looking for space to be able to accommodate their upcoming Christmas charity drives. (Stock photo)
United Way’s giving campaign launches with less fanfare during pandemic

United Way’s giving campaign launches with less fanfare during pandemic

United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island’s fall campaign is now underway

United Way’s giving campaign launches with less fanfare during pandemic
Tim Horton’s smile cookie campaign started Tuesday and runs until Sunday, Sept. 20, when the $1 purchase price of every fresh-baked chocolate-chunk smile cookie sold in Nanaimo will support the hospital foundation. (Black Press file photo)

Tim Hortons smile cookies being sold in support of Nanaimo hospital foundation

Nanaimo Tim Hortons owners challenge Victoria locations to see who can sell the most smile cookies

Tim Horton’s smile cookie campaign started Tuesday and runs until Sunday, Sept. 20, when the $1 purchase price of every fresh-baked chocolate-chunk smile cookie sold in Nanaimo will support the hospital foundation. (Black Press file photo)
Leadership Vancouver Island is about to start its 2020-21 session and has space for a few more folks wanting to learn and develop skills. (Stock photo)

Leadership V.I. looks to give a lift to Vancouver Island’s next leaders

Organization has space in its fall intake for those wishing to learn and develop leadership skills

Leadership Vancouver Island is about to start its 2020-21 session and has space for a few more folks wanting to learn and develop skills. (Stock photo)
Last year’s Golf for Life event. (Shawn Wagar/Island Health photo)

Nanaimo hospital foundation golf tourney going four weeks due to COVID-19

Golf for Life fundraiser will take place Sept. 1-30 at Fairwinds Golf Club in Nanoose Bay

Last year’s Golf for Life event. (Shawn Wagar/Island Health photo)
Frank (Fenix) Theuerkorn, a multiple myeloma survivor, will be among those taking part in the Multiple Myeloma March on Sept. 7. Pictured here, Theuerkorn, front, and daughter Nikki at the inaugural march in March 2018. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo professor raising awareness about rare blood cancer

Socially distanced Vancouver Island Multiple Myeloma March to take place on Labour Day

Frank (Fenix) Theuerkorn, a multiple myeloma survivor, will be among those taking part in the Multiple Myeloma March on Sept. 7. Pictured here, Theuerkorn, front, and daughter Nikki at the inaugural march in March 2018. (Submitted photo)