Charity and Donations

A team of cyclists are riding the Island and Gulf Islands to raise money to support children’s mental health. (Photo submitted)

CASA cycling tour, to support kids’ mental health, coming to Nanaimo

CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Cycling tour raises funds for kids’ mental health

 

Ken Barkman at Save-On-Foods in Garrison Crossing on June 5, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

78-year-old Ken Barkman of Chilliwack riding 3,000 kilometres for BC Children’s Hospital

Grandfather helping son and wife, who have adopted four high-risk babies

 

Nanaimo Lions Club members Pam Taylor, left to right, Bob Rowledge, Dave Alderson, Al Brett, Ron Lily, Gaylord Markel, Larrie Taylor and Pierre Le Gal check out the play facilities at the Maffeo Sutton Park Playdock. The Lions members presented the city with a cheque for $26,000 on Thursday, May 19, to help build the second phase of the playground upgrades that include safe and accessible play features. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Lions Club puts cash in play for playground upgrades at Maffeo Sutton Park

Club presents $26,000 to city for second phase of playground upgrade

 

People are rallying behind the Drombolis family of North Langley. Dad Shane has been battling a rare form of cancer and mom Kristine was recently diagnosed with the very same condition. (GoFundMe)

Community rallies to help B.C. couple battling rare form of cancer

GoFundMe launched after wife was diagnosed with the same rare cancer husband is fighting

People are rallying behind the Drombolis family of North Langley. Dad Shane has been battling a rare form of cancer and mom Kristine was recently diagnosed with the very same condition. (GoFundMe)
A pickleball tournament organized by the Nanaimo Pickleball Club will raise money for humanitarian aid to Ukraine. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo pickleball club organizes tourney to try to help Ukraine

UkraineAid open mixed doubles tournament to be hosted in Nanoose Bay

A pickleball tournament organized by the Nanaimo Pickleball Club will raise money for humanitarian aid to Ukraine. (News Bulletin file photo)
To continue supporting youth across BC, 11 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies are coming together to host The Big BC Lotto. Buy your tickets now for a chance to win half the jackpot in a classic 50/50 draw!

Lotto for a cause: Half for you, half for ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ across BC!

The Big BC Lotto helps connect youth with caring mentors across the province

  • Apr 11, 2022
To continue supporting youth across BC, 11 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies are coming together to host The Big BC Lotto. Buy your tickets now for a chance to win half the jackpot in a classic 50/50 draw!
Lily Bowers with her Ukraine flag-style quilt, made to help raise funds to support those displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood woman raises over $2K for Ukraine with special handmade blanket

Lily Bowers donated $2,210 raised through ticket sales to the Red Cross

Lily Bowers with her Ukraine flag-style quilt, made to help raise funds to support those displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Ukrainian members of the 2008-09 Canada World Youth exchange dress in their traditional clothing for an event in Port Alberni 13 years ago. (PHOTO COURTESY BEN SCHEIDEGGER)

Canada-Ukraine exchange students return to B.C. town to help and to remember

2008-09 Canada World Youth students spent three months in Ukraine and three months in Alberni

Ukrainian members of the 2008-09 Canada World Youth exchange dress in their traditional clothing for an event in Port Alberni 13 years ago. (PHOTO COURTESY BEN SCHEIDEGGER)
Janice Perrino, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation CEO, accepts a $20,000 donation from the Nanaimo Lions Club represented by Pierre Le Gal, left, vice-president Dave Alderson, Dennis Sauer and Al Brett. (News Bulletin photo)

Lions club gives to Nanaimo hospital’s ICU project

Nanaimo Lions Club presents $20,000 to Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation

Janice Perrino, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation CEO, accepts a $20,000 donation from the Nanaimo Lions Club represented by Pierre Le Gal, left, vice-president Dave Alderson, Dennis Sauer and Al Brett. (News Bulletin photo)
Sarah Beairsto (left), seven-year-old Harper Harvey and Debra Legge with boxes of Girl Guides cookies outside a warehouse in North Delta on Saturday, March 12. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

Girl Guides back to door-to-door cookie sales after 2 years of doing business differently

Chocolate/vanilla cookies sold in spring, and those who love the mint ones have to wait until fall

Sarah Beairsto (left), seven-year-old Harper Harvey and Debra Legge with boxes of Girl Guides cookies outside a warehouse in North Delta on Saturday, March 12. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
A naked bungy fundraiser raised more than $100,000 for Mental Health Recovery Partners this past weekend, March 5-6, at Nanaimo’s WildPlay Element Park. (Photo courtesy Kat Craats/WildPlay Element Parks)

Naked bungy jumpers in Nanaimo set fundraising record

More than $100,000 raised for Mental Health Recovery Partners

A naked bungy fundraiser raised more than $100,000 for Mental Health Recovery Partners this past weekend, March 5-6, at Nanaimo’s WildPlay Element Park. (Photo courtesy Kat Craats/WildPlay Element Parks)
Lily Bowers of Sparwood is creating a quilt made with Ukrainian flag colours to help raise funds to support refugees. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood local creates quilt for Ukraine

Any funds raised from the quilt’s sale will go towards helping refugees escaping the war in Ukraine

Lily Bowers of Sparwood is creating a quilt made with Ukrainian flag colours to help raise funds to support refugees. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The 2022 Wounded Warrior Run concludes at Victoria’s Market Square on March 6. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Wounded Warriors complete 2022’s 600-kilometre Vancouver Island run in Victoria

After a two-year hiatus, the run raised over $150,000 for uniformed first responders

The 2022 Wounded Warrior Run concludes at Victoria’s Market Square on March 6. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Karen Love, executive director of BGC Central Vancouver Island, accepts a $2,000 cheque from Sean McCue, publisher of the Nanaimo News Bulletin. BGC CVI is one of two charities in Nanaimo that receives support from Coins for Kids. (News Bulletin photo)

Nanaimo News Bulletin presents Coins for Kids cheques to charities

Newspaper appreciates community’s giving spirit

Karen Love, executive director of BGC Central Vancouver Island, accepts a $2,000 cheque from Sean McCue, publisher of the Nanaimo News Bulletin. BGC CVI is one of two charities in Nanaimo that receives support from Coins for Kids. (News Bulletin photo)
A Diabetes Canada donation bin in the parking lot at Country Grocer in Chase River. (News Bulletin file photo)

Diabetes Canada asking for donations of 40 pieces of clothing over 40 days

Charitable organization asks Nanaimo residents to go through their closets for a good cause

A Diabetes Canada donation bin in the parking lot at Country Grocer in Chase River. (News Bulletin file photo)
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Wad of cash found in Vancouver Island Salvation Army thrift shop donation

Employees turned cash over to police in Parksville, who are trying to reunite it with rightful owner

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Nanaimo’s Coldest Night of the Year event will take place at Maffeo Sutton Park on Feb. 26. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Community members in Nanaimo asked to brave elements on Coldest Night of the Year

Fundraiser benefiting Island Crisis Care Society takes place Feb. 26 at Maffeo Sutton Park

Nanaimo’s Coldest Night of the Year event will take place at Maffeo Sutton Park on Feb. 26. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Matt, Jody, Lucy and Lilly Gallant (alongside Izzy) have received help for Lucy’s disabilities from Variety BC. Lucy’s story will be shared as part of Variety’s annual telethon broadcast on Global TV. (Submitted Photo)

Quesnel kindergartener ‘poster-girl’ for Variety telethon

Lucy Gallant, along with her twin sister Lilly, have been filming commercials for the telethon

Matt, Jody, Lucy and Lilly Gallant (alongside Izzy) have received help for Lucy’s disabilities from Variety BC. Lucy’s story will be shared as part of Variety’s annual telethon broadcast on Global TV. (Submitted Photo)
Dodd’s Furniture & Mattress is collecting warm clothes at its three Vancouver Island locations. (Courtesy Victoria Cool Aid Society)

Vancouver Island business seeking warm clothes for those in need

Dodd’s Furniture & Mattress collecting donations at stores in Victoria, Nanaimo, Campbell River

Dodd’s Furniture & Mattress is collecting warm clothes at its three Vancouver Island locations. (Courtesy Victoria Cool Aid Society)
Victoria Humane Society celebrated what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday with a collage as people took part in the #BettyWhiteChallenge, donating cash to an animal charity. (Victoria Humane Society/Facebook)

Love for Betty White tallies nearly $500,000 for animal welfare groups in B.C.

What would have been iconic actor’s 100th birthday sees $40,000 donated to Victoria Humane Society

Victoria Humane Society celebrated what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday with a collage as people took part in the #BettyWhiteChallenge, donating cash to an animal charity. (Victoria Humane Society/Facebook)
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