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This home at SookePoint is one of eight grand prize options in the 2022 B.C. Children’s Hospital Lottery. (Contributed - B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation))

Sooke home grand prize option in B.C. Children’s Hospital lottery

SookePoint property comes with cash and vehicle

 

Lindsay Goulet snaps a photo of son Owen, 13, with Bruce Courtnall, left, and Geoff Courtnall during the Victoria launch event for the Courtnall Society of Mental Health. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Victoria’s Courtnall brothers launch society to fund grassroots mental health programs

Funding focuses on substance use, suicide prevention, community integration and children and youth

 

A 40-foot shipping container stuffed to the brim brings smiles to faces in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon after surviving a massive explosion in the Port of Beirut. (Compassionate Resource Warehouse/Facebook)

Miracle container, filled with supplies by Esquimalt charity, survives Beirut blast

Found 40-foot container provides Syrian refugees skills training, school

 

A percentage of the sales of Spinnakers soda will be donated to The Rotary Club of Oak Bay for the Threshold Housing Society. (Courtesy Rotary Club of Oak Bay)

Soda sales fund programs for youth at risk in Greater Victoria

Rotary Club of Oak Bay partners with Spinnakers Soda, holds 50/50 raffle benefiting 3 non-profits

A percentage of the sales of Spinnakers soda will be donated to The Rotary Club of Oak Bay for the Threshold Housing Society. (Courtesy Rotary Club of Oak Bay)
The Patch owner Christopher Shurety (right) and colleague Morgan (left) display some of their favourites of this year’s “ugly” Christmas sweater collection. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Victoria shop sources answers to the ugly holiday sweater dilemma

Despite pandemic challenges, The Patch on Yates continues its annual tradition

The Patch owner Christopher Shurety (right) and colleague Morgan (left) display some of their favourites of this year’s “ugly” Christmas sweater collection. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Leila Durzi, a board member of the Victoria Coats for Kids Association, shows off examples of winter coats that are in dire need for kids across the region. Cash and coat donations can be dropped at the guest services kiosk in Hillside Shopping Centre. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Leila Durzi, a board member of the Victoria Coats for Kids Association, shows off examples of winter coats that are in dire need for kids across the region. Cash and coat donations can be dropped at the guest services kiosk in Hillside Shopping Centre. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The McTavish Academy of Art has created limited edition superhero art kits as part of this month’s Help Fill a Dream fundraiser. (Photo Courtesy of Help Fill a Dream)

Superheroes fundraiser for sick kids in Greater Victoria adds new ways to donate

Purchases of art kits, calendars and oils matched by doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation

The McTavish Academy of Art has created limited edition superhero art kits as part of this month’s Help Fill a Dream fundraiser. (Photo Courtesy of Help Fill a Dream)
Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Nicholas Simons, and the parliamentary secretary for community development and non-profits, Niki Sharma, ring in the Salvation Army’s 131st kettle campaign on Thursday (Nov. 18) from the rear steps of the BC Legislature. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

VIDEO: Salvation Army, BC government ring in 131st kettle campaign in Victoria

Funds will go towards family services and flood relief in time of unprecedented demand

Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Nicholas Simons, and the parliamentary secretary for community development and non-profits, Niki Sharma, ring in the Salvation Army’s 131st kettle campaign on Thursday (Nov. 18) from the rear steps of the BC Legislature. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
From left: Patricia Mamic, Michelle O'Connor, Margaret-Rose Richardson, and Sarah O'Connor are dedicated employees at the Victoria Citadel Salvation Army location in Saanich. They're excited for the expansion of their services that will allow for greater reach. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Salvation Army expands reach for family services around Greater Victoria

Charity organization adds programs for those in need in three communities

From left: Patricia Mamic, Michelle O'Connor, Margaret-Rose Richardson, and Sarah O'Connor are dedicated employees at the Victoria Citadel Salvation Army location in Saanich. They're excited for the expansion of their services that will allow for greater reach. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Boxes of chocolate and vanilla Girl Guide cookies are being sold in the annual charity fundraiser. (Girl Guides of Canada photo)

Anonymous donor buys $10K in cookies from B.C. girl guides

Troop will donate the cookies to a variety of Nanaimo area poverty assistance charities

Boxes of chocolate and vanilla Girl Guide cookies are being sold in the annual charity fundraiser. (Girl Guides of Canada photo)
Lois Ainey, parish administrator for St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, is part of a team delivering food to individuals who are homeless, food insecure or both twice a week to locations around Sidney, including here at Iroquois Park. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney church making edible connections with homeless population

St. Andrew’s Anglican launches Friends of St. Andrew food program

Lois Ainey, parish administrator for St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, is part of a team delivering food to individuals who are homeless, food insecure or both twice a week to locations around Sidney, including here at Iroquois Park. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Surgeons work on a patient in West Africa. (KBNF)

B.C. nurse fights to bring ‘top notch’ supplies, neurosurgery facilities to West Africa

Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation trains surgeons, brings supplies where they’re needed most

Surgeons work on a patient in West Africa. (KBNF)
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Oak Bay resident Jude Somers won the 2020 People’s Choice Award for her creation The Santa Train during the 12th annual showcase. (Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity)

Gingerbread fundraiser calls on Greater Victoria creators to envision a Future of Home

Habitat for Humanity Victoria’s biggest annual fundraiser is looking for bakers

Oak Bay resident Jude Somers won the 2020 People’s Choice Award for her creation The Santa Train during the 12th annual showcase. (Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity)
During Smile Cookie Week, delicious chocolate chunk Smile Cookies are available at all Tim Hortons restaurants for $1 each and 23 locations across Greater Victoria will donate full proceeds to the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Cookie campaign aims to keep Greater Victoria kids smiling during difficult times

Smile Cookies are $1 this week with proceeds going to Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

During Smile Cookie Week, delicious chocolate chunk Smile Cookies are available at all Tim Hortons restaurants for $1 each and 23 locations across Greater Victoria will donate full proceeds to the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Siblings Trevor McCall and Stacy Lund learned more about the charitable landscape in the region through the Victoria Foundation’s Gadsden Initiative that targets Millenials and Generation X. (Courtesy Victoria Foundation)

Greater Victoria siblings promote program designed to grow philanthropy among Millennials, GenX

Victoria Foundation’s Gadsden Initiative engages new generations

Siblings Trevor McCall and Stacy Lund learned more about the charitable landscape in the region through the Victoria Foundation’s Gadsden Initiative that targets Millenials and Generation X. (Courtesy Victoria Foundation)
File - A standard War Amps key tag (The War Amps)

75 years of returning lost keys, War Amps celebrate program

Started in 1946, the key tags have provided Canadians with piece of mind if they lose their keys

File - A standard War Amps key tag (The War Amps)
Bending lengths of chicken wire into arches, Philip Smith constructs trellises for beans to run their way up. Drawn to the work and the cause, Smith has been volunteering at the farm three days a week since March. 
“It’s fun because there’s different stuff all the time and it’s outside and I’ve got a wonderful boss – don't tell him I said that," he says with a cheeky smile. “It may not be for everybody but I enjoy it.” (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Farm to food bank: Volunteers ensure free, fresh produce for Greater Victorians in need

Fruits, vegetables delivered directly from Gatton House Farm to free food markets

Bending lengths of chicken wire into arches, Philip Smith constructs trellises for beans to run their way up. Drawn to the work and the cause, Smith has been volunteering at the farm three days a week since March. 
“It’s fun because there’s different stuff all the time and it’s outside and I’ve got a wonderful boss – don't tell him I said that," he says with a cheeky smile. “It may not be for everybody but I enjoy it.” (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Jerry Hughes at the finish line of one of his previous running fundraisers for children in need. (Photo courtesy of Help Fill a Dream)

Runner tackling 35-hour challenge at Saanich’s Mt. Work for Help Fill a Dream

Jerry Hughes hopes to raise $35,000 for organization, celebrating its 35th year

Jerry Hughes at the finish line of one of his previous running fundraisers for children in need. (Photo courtesy of Help Fill a Dream)
A fleet of supercars filled a quiet Langley City street to visit Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Cool cars provide some automotive magic for B.C. teen

Driven Project brought fleet of supercars to quiet street

A fleet of supercars filled a quiet Langley City street to visit Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)