During the Nov. 30 weekend, dozens of young and old volunteers on the Coast worked together at the Masonic Hall to gather funds to aid in the relief of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Sale of donated items and services raised nearly $3,000 for the Canadian Red Cross to be used in the Philippines. The federal government will match this total.
Scores of individuals and groups contributed and volunteered, including the Masons, Coast realtors, Sunshine Coast merchants and coffee providers, music makers, community groups, community seniors, Davis Bay Elementary School students, parents and staff, seniors, teachers and off-Coast friends.
In addition to the main purpose of raising much needed funds to help those in great need, there were many more benefits for those involved.
Community spirit was at its best with old and new friends meeting, welcoming our new neighbours from the Philippines, sharing good work, eating yummy home baking, recycling items, and the enjoyment of fine music provided by talented local musicians. The modeling of a service ethic for youth was another main value demonstrated in real terms.
When we gather to do these kinds of things, we express the best instincts we have. As a dear aquatic fitness instructor said poolside Monday morning when talking about the event, “What a wonderful community we live in!”
Gary Pennington, for Friends of the Philippines, and Sally Thicke, principal, Davis Bay Elementary School