Non-profits rewarded for hard work

NANAIMO – Cedar couple offer up retreat for non-profit societies.

This Earth Day (April 22) a half-dozen community and environmental charities will be receiving gift certificates for weekend getaways, courtesy of Thistledown Farm.

“We wanted to make a personal contribution this Earth Day,” said Jackie Moad Thistledown co-owner. “To recognize and to help the environment, service and community organizations that are working hard for the world, and active within 100 miles of our mid Island farm”.

Moad and Laurie Gourlay have completed the retrofit and renovation of a small barn on their eight-hectare Cedar property, and would like to welcome members and volunteers of non-profit organizations to enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of their new guesthouse.

The non-profit groups, one each from Victoria and Vancouver, the others close by in the Cowichan Valley and  Nanaimo regional districts, received a three-day weekend stay at the farm’s guesthouse or B&B suites.

“This is our way of giving something back, of contributing to Earth Day, and to local organizations that are working hard for nature and for all of us – locally and globally,” said Moad.

“And in a small way we hope we’re setting a good example for others who want to help the Earth, and all it’s astounding inhabitants.”

For more information, please go to www.thistledownfarm.ca.