Credit union shaves heads for fundraiser

NANAIMO – Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation and Coastal Community Credit Union raise money for Stock the Lockers campaign

Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation and Coastal Community Credit Union are once again partnering to raise money for the foundation’s Stock the Lockers campaign.

The foundation’s campaign goal is $50,000, which will go toward purchasing school supplies for youngsters in need within the Nanaimo school district.

Back by popular demand is the credit union’s head shaving fundraiser, which takes on a tiered approach this year. If Coastal Community successfully raises $15,000 by Sept. 5, six Nanaimoites will be donning new haircuts – including four Coastal Community employees, as well as city councillor and foundation director George Anderson.

“By participating in this fundraiser, I’m encouraged to know that students within our district will continue to be able to reach their full potential,” Anderson said. “NLSF does so much for our community. The foundation creates equal opportunity and empowers students within the district by making it possible for them to attend post secondary.”

Donations to Coastal Community’s head shaving event can be made at any of its Nanaimo branches or online at nlsf.ca. Donations of $20 or more are also eligible for a tax receipt.

The head shaving takes place Sept. 5 at Diana Krall Plaza during the Stock the Locker’s wrap-up barbecue, starting at 11:30 am.

Child poverty remains a major issue in the community, with the Nanaimo school district repeatedly ranking among the highest in B.C. in terms of poverty-stricken students. The foundation’s Student Support Fund was created four years ago to get money directly to assist vulnerable students. For more information, please visit www.nlsf.ca.