Chocolate gala supports mental health association

NANAIMO – Gourmet chocolate, good friends, great music and a good cause – what could be better?

Gourmet chocolate, good friends, great music and a good cause – what could be a better way to spend a night out than at the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Wine, Women and Chocolate?

The annual fundraiser for mental health and the homeless takes place May 8 from 6-9 p.m. at the Nanaimo Curling Club.

Hosted by the CMHA Mid-Island Branch, the night features yummy nibblies, a no-host bar, silent auction, music, samplings of massage, reflexology, tarot readings, as well as great chocolate.

Tickets are $20 each. To reserve a ticket, please call Lynda at the CMHA, 250 244-4042, ext. 151, or Carol, at 250 247-9072.

Nanaimo’s CMHA branch is the oldest in B.C., receiving its charter from the CMHA national organization in 1956.

Since then its members have worked to promote and improve mental health and the quality of life in the communities it serves through advocacy, awareness and education.

The branch has several programs that help people with mental illness, including mental health first aid, homelessness outreach, Peppermill frozen meals, recovery workshops and the Phoenix Centre clubhouse.

The branch also offers 19 units of low-barrier housing at the Balmoral, and in conjunction with the City of Nanaimo, operates the Wesley Street project to provide supported low-barrier housing for 36 people.