APPLAUSE: Festival supports Hospice

NANAIMO - Dragon Boat Festival filled with wonderful and poignant moments.

To the Editor,

Everyone at Nanaimo Community Hospice looks forward to the Save-On-Foods Dragon Boat Festival.

It is always filled with many wonderful and poignant moments that include laughter, tears, remembrances and celebrations.

In much of the advertising for this event there is a great deal mentioned about the valuable support generated from this event to fund projects through the hospital foundation that provide medical equipment to support breast cancer patients at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

This is truly wonderful and has a positive impact on a lot of people in our community who hold out hope for a cure.

What is less known is that a smaller portion of the funds go to support the work of Nanaimo Hospice in our community and we want everyone to know how grateful we are to the dragon boat festival board for its willingness to recognize the valuable work of hospice in providing support to individuals and families impacted by breast cancer when cure is no longer possible.

Thank you to the dragon boat festival for supporting Hospice – it makes a positive difference in our community and means more to us than we can say.

And a special thanks to everyone involved in this wonderful event that brings hundreds of people from out of town to our fair city every year.

Wendy Pratt

executive director

Nanaimo Community Hospice

Fundraisers help team play in provincial cup


To the Editor,

The Harbour City Football Club U13 girls’ soccer team qualified for B.C. Soccer’s provincial A cup in Langley.

The players not only kept busy practising, but they also have been doing a lot of fundraising. They did a team bottle drive and a run-a-thon around Westwood Lake. Both fundraisers were very successful.

The players would also like to say a special thank you to the following gold level sponsors who donated $200 or more to the team directly: Koers & Associates Engineering Ltd., Harbour City Football Club, Upper Island Soccer Association, Darshy Bligh Investment Advisor, TD Asset Management, Invesco Canada Ltd., Russell Investments Canada Ltd., HSBC, Save-On-Foods.

Brent Dunlop