Kiwanis celebrating 35 years in Esquimalt

Children-related charities a large part of what club members support

It was 35 years ago that the Oak Bay Kiwanis decided to sponsor a group of community-minded folks in Esquimalt to start their own chapter of the organization.

With numerous projects, large and small, funded and assisted on through more than three decades of service, the Esquimalt Kiwanis are taking advantage of their 35th anniversary to put the call out for new members.

While the Kiwanis motto is “Serving the Children of the World,” the Esquimalt club helps out more than just children’s charities, with health-related organizations and social service groups among them. Kiwanis volunteers also host four ChildFind B.C. identification clinics over the course of the year.

Among the healthy donations passed on by the Esquimalt club as a result of its fundraising efforts in the past year or so are $10,000 for Jeneece Place, $5,000 for a pair of therapeutic chairs for the Esquimalt Recreation Centre pool and $2,000 for playground equipment at Macaulay elementary.

The next meeting is July 4, 7:30 a.m. at the Gorge Vale Golf Club. For more information about membership or other details, contact Dodie Negrich at 250-380-4092 or dodieis@shaw.ca.

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