Charity and Donations

Bikes for Kids volunteers Eddie Goncalves, Mel Huggins and Greg Nowik fix up bikes at the group’s downtown location earlier this week. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s Bikes for Kids reaches milestone as it gives away its 1,000th bicycle

Volunteers have been refurbishing used bikes for five years

Bikes for Kids volunteers Eddie Goncalves, Mel Huggins and Greg Nowik fix up bikes at the group’s downtown location earlier this week. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation’s Stock the Lockers campaign is on until Aug. 31, seeking to raise money for students in poverty. Pictured here are Crystal Dennison, foundation executive director, and John Eivindson, assistant manager of Coastal Community Credit Union’s Labieux Road location. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Stock the Lockers campaign starts to raise money for back-to-school in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Stock the Lockers goes until Aug. 31 to help less fortunate students in school district

Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation’s Stock the Lockers campaign is on until Aug. 31, seeking to raise money for students in poverty. Pictured here are Crystal Dennison, foundation executive director, and John Eivindson, assistant manager of Coastal Community Credit Union’s Labieux Road location. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in B.C., announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in British Columbia will go to the B.C. Childrens Hospital Foundation. (Mike Mozart/Flickr photo)

Blizzards forecast in BC in October – each raising funds for children’s hospital care

Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day reset for Oct. 28 in province and across Canada

Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in B.C., announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in British Columbia will go to the B.C. Childrens Hospital Foundation. (Mike Mozart/Flickr photo)
Marlene Johnsrude weaves with a loom at a weekly fundraiser for B.C. Children’s Hospital at the Save-On-Foods at Country Club Centre in Nanaimo Aug. 3. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo supermarket gets creative in fundraising efforts for B.C. Children’s Hospital

Cashier at Country Club Centre store spearheads efforts, which includes gift basket raffles

Marlene Johnsrude weaves with a loom at a weekly fundraiser for B.C. Children’s Hospital at the Save-On-Foods at Country Club Centre in Nanaimo Aug. 3. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
(Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)

Credit union donates $50K to support B.C. wildfire victims

First West is also encouraging its members to donate to the cause

(Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)
Outreach workers Bayley Russell, left, Hannah Jorgenson, Alisa Everitt, RCMP Const. Josh Waltman and outreach worker Jenny Garceau are part of the Happy Feet 9-11 initiative team collecting and distributing donated running shoes to people in Nanaimo who are experiencing homelessness. (Photo submitted)

Happy Feet program gathers donated shoes for Nanaimo’s less fortunate

RCMP and outreach workers collecting gently used running shoes for people experiencing homelessness

Outreach workers Bayley Russell, left, Hannah Jorgenson, Alisa Everitt, RCMP Const. Josh Waltman and outreach worker Jenny Garceau are part of the Happy Feet 9-11 initiative team collecting and distributing donated running shoes to people in Nanaimo who are experiencing homelessness. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo’s WildPlay Element Park will host Toss the Boss, a fundraiser for the Nanaimo and Victoria brain injury societies. (Black Press file photo)

Island’s brain injury societies invite companies to Toss the Boss off a bungy bridge

Oct. 1 event at WildPlay Element Park benefits Nanaimo and Victoria societies

Nanaimo’s WildPlay Element Park will host Toss the Boss, a fundraiser for the Nanaimo and Victoria brain injury societies. (Black Press file photo)
Tony Harris is the new chairperson of the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. (Photo submitted)

Harris new hospital foundation board chairman

Tony Harris taking over role his father Tom Harris once held

Tony Harris is the new chairperson of the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. (Photo submitted)
Shannon Wilson looks on as Chip Wilson shakes hands with Snuneymuxw Coun. Paul Wyse-Seward at a ceremony marking the celebration of the Wilson 5 Foundation’s $4-million donation. Ballenas Secondary School students, who raised money for protection of another island in the area, were also invited to the ceremony. (Photo courtesy Martin Michael)

Island near Nanaimo preserved as park after $4-million donation from Lululemon founder

Chip Wilson’s family’s foundation supporting land purchases on three Islands in the Strait of Georgia

Shannon Wilson looks on as Chip Wilson shakes hands with Snuneymuxw Coun. Paul Wyse-Seward at a ceremony marking the celebration of the Wilson 5 Foundation’s $4-million donation. Ballenas Secondary School students, who raised money for protection of another island in the area, were also invited to the ceremony. (Photo courtesy Martin Michael)
In 2018, eight Tom Harris Cellular employees raised over $10,000 to help underprivileged youth go to camp... by going skydiving. This year the Fund for Families goal is $50,000.

Hey BC, it’s time to get moving… for a cause!

Continuing a Vancouver Island businessman’s philanthropic legacy with Funds for Families

  • Jun 28, 2021
In 2018, eight Tom Harris Cellular employees raised over $10,000 to help underprivileged youth go to camp... by going skydiving. This year the Fund for Families goal is $50,000.
Jo and Bruce Rowland were recognized for 27 years of service to The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive at the non-profits annual general meeting in May. (Submitted photo)

The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive honours volunteers for 27 years of service

Jo and Bruce Rowland recognized for dedication to charity that gathers toys for kids at Christmas

Jo and Bruce Rowland were recognized for 27 years of service to The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive at the non-profits annual general meeting in May. (Submitted photo)
Stuffed toys, many with donations pinned to them, are piled in the Lions Pavilion at Maffeo Sutton Park at a vigil May 31 honouring the 215 Indigenous children whose remains were discovered outside a residential school in Kamloops. (News Bulletin file photo)

Thousands donated to child and family service agency following Nanaimo vigil

Toys and money donated to Kw’umut Lelum child and family services

Stuffed toys, many with donations pinned to them, are piled in the Lions Pavilion at Maffeo Sutton Park at a vigil May 31 honouring the 215 Indigenous children whose remains were discovered outside a residential school in Kamloops. (News Bulletin file photo)
Tagen Marshall of Parksville is looking to raise funds for a new specialized van. (Submitted photo)

Wolf: Parksville’s Tagen Marshall inspires others, aims to invest in himself

VIU honour student with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy seeks help achieving big dreams

Tagen Marshall of Parksville is looking to raise funds for a new specialized van. (Submitted photo)
Youth 20/20 Can youth engagement worker Tanner MacCormack marvels at the amount of donations collected at a drive this past weekend benefiting youths experiencing homelessness in Nanaimo. (Photo submitted)
Youth 20/20 Can youth engagement worker Tanner MacCormack marvels at the amount of donations collected at a drive this past weekend benefiting youths experiencing homelessness in Nanaimo. (Photo submitted)
People are asked to support the Walk for Alzheimer’s by setting a personal walking or fitness challenge throughout May, while fundraising to support Alzheimer Society of B.C. programs and services. (Stock photo)

Nanaimo residents asked to ‘walk their own way’ for Alzheimer’s

Month-long self-paced fitness challenge supports Alzheimer Society of B.C.

People are asked to support the Walk for Alzheimer’s by setting a personal walking or fitness challenge throughout May, while fundraising to support Alzheimer Society of B.C. programs and services. (Stock photo)
Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank executive director Peter Sinclair accepts a $22,120 donation from Cobs Bread Terminal Park, represented by bakery owner Shelly Snure. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo bakery earns more for charity than any other Cobs Bread in Canada

Terminal Park location raises $22,000 for Loaves and Fishes food bank

Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank executive director Peter Sinclair accepts a $22,120 donation from Cobs Bread Terminal Park, represented by bakery owner Shelly Snure. (Photo submitted)
Ann Marie Ebdrup, dealer principal at Steve Marshall Ford, left, presents $12,600 to the Haven Society, represented by Sarah Bramley, fund development manager. (Photo submitted)

Auto dealership’s donation helps protect women and children

Steve Marshall Ford presents $12,600 to Haven Society

Ann Marie Ebdrup, dealer principal at Steve Marshall Ford, left, presents $12,600 to the Haven Society, represented by Sarah Bramley, fund development manager. (Photo submitted)
A peacock struts by a pair of lamb siblings at the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm, which remains closed to the public. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

VIDEO: Victoria petting zoo optimistic about future after 13 months closed

Public helps non-profit Beacon Hill Children’s Farm with nearly $100,000 influx

A peacock struts by a pair of lamb siblings at the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm, which remains closed to the public. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Heidi Sinclair, executive director of Nanaimo Community Kitchens, left, accepts a $13,500 donation from 100-plus Women Who Care Mid Island, represented by Nahanni Ackroyd and Shannon Gorgichuk. (Photo submitted)

Caring women in Nanaimo give generously to community kitchen society

100-plus Women Who Care Mid Island donate $13,500 to Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society

Heidi Sinclair, executive director of Nanaimo Community Kitchens, left, accepts a $13,500 donation from 100-plus Women Who Care Mid Island, represented by Nahanni Ackroyd and Shannon Gorgichuk. (Photo submitted)
The Nanaimo Clippers are seeking assistance in raising money for Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank. Texting NANKIDS to 41010 will see a $10 donation to the food bank. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo Clippers look to assist food bank with fundraising goal

People can text-to-donate to support Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank

The Nanaimo Clippers are seeking assistance in raising money for Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank. Texting NANKIDS to 41010 will see a $10 donation to the food bank. (Submitted photo)
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