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David Black owner of Black Press Media (left) and Judi Prewett, president of Carlton House, flank veteran John Hillman, 103, as he laps the Oak Bay courtyard to raise funds for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Downpour doesn’t dampen Oak Bay veteran’s spirit as 103-year-old walks to Save the Children

War in Ukraine adds inspiration for third consecutive fundraiser by John Hillman

David Black owner of Black Press Media (left) and Judi Prewett, president of Carlton House, flank veteran John Hillman, 103, as he laps the Oak Bay courtyard to raise funds for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Township Community Art Council is auctioning off ‘Community,’ a painting created by three of this year’s artists in residence, to fundraise for the council’s youth mentorship program. Bids are being accepted until May 6. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘Community’ on the auction block in support of Esquimalt youth program

The painting was created by artists in residence with the Township Community Arts Council

The Township Community Art Council is auctioning off ‘Community,’ a painting created by three of this year’s artists in residence, to fundraise for the council’s youth mentorship program. Bids are being accepted until May 6. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Deanna Jennings, Graham Bunn and Nick Poulopoulos gather before a previous iteration of the Sarah Beckett Memorial Cruise. This year’s event, the first in two years, takes place Sunday (April 24) beginning at the Fountain Tire on Jacklin Road, with all proceeds going to D.A.R.E. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sarah Beckett Memorial Cruise returns Sunday to the West Shore

The event is fundraising for D.A.R.E and is set to leave Langford at 9 a.m. April 24

Deanna Jennings, Graham Bunn and Nick Poulopoulos gather before a previous iteration of the Sarah Beckett Memorial Cruise. This year’s event, the first in two years, takes place Sunday (April 24) beginning at the Fountain Tire on Jacklin Road, with all proceeds going to D.A.R.E. (Black Press Media file photo)
David Wilkie (far left) and Denise Withnell (far right) are the North Saanich members of Cowboy Celtic. The quintet turned their rehearsal for a May performance with the Edmonton Symphony into a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders in the Ukraine. (Photo courtesy of Cowboy Celtic)

North Saanich musicians help raise $10,500 for Doctors Without Borders in Ukraine

Cowboy Celtic featuring David Wilkie and Denise Withnell to perform with Edmonton Symphony

David Wilkie (far left) and Denise Withnell (far right) are the North Saanich members of Cowboy Celtic. The quintet turned their rehearsal for a May performance with the Edmonton Symphony into a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders in the Ukraine. (Photo courtesy of Cowboy Celtic)
John Hillman, then 102, laps the courtyard at Carlton House during his 2021 fundraiser for Save the Children. This year, the Oak Bay veteran invites young people to take the daily walks with him. (Black Press Media file photo)

103-year-old Oak Bay veteran invites youth to join Save the Children fundraiser

Senior looks forward to 103 laps of the courtyard to help children worldwide

John Hillman, then 102, laps the courtyard at Carlton House during his 2021 fundraiser for Save the Children. This year, the Oak Bay veteran invites young people to take the daily walks with him. (Black Press Media file photo)
Students from Oak Bay High work with the CRD’s Bowker Creek Initiative and the Greater Victoria Green Team to remove invasive species and plant native plants and shrubs. They’ll be at the creek April 23 for the environment club’s annual clean-up and rubber ducky race. (Courtesy Greater Victoria Green Team)
Students from Oak Bay High work with the CRD’s Bowker Creek Initiative and the Greater Victoria Green Team to remove invasive species and plant native plants and shrubs. They’ll be at the creek April 23 for the environment club’s annual clean-up and rubber ducky race. (Courtesy Greater Victoria Green Team)
Cycle of Life Tour team Breaking Wind is seen at a previous event. The group is raising funds to support Victoria Hospice for a fourth year, starting with a bottle drive April 9 in Colwood and culminating in the two-day, 200-kilometre ride in July. (Photo courtesy Graham Hales)

Colwood man riding for Victoria Hospice for fourth year in a row

Graham Hales, teammates hosting fundraisers leading to Cycle for Life Tour in July

Cycle of Life Tour team Breaking Wind is seen at a previous event. The group is raising funds to support Victoria Hospice for a fourth year, starting with a bottle drive April 9 in Colwood and culminating in the two-day, 200-kilometre ride in July. (Photo courtesy Graham Hales)
Thomas Wamiss will be walking from Port Hardy to Victoria starting June 18 to raise funds for cancer research. (Supplied photo)

North Islander to walk from Port Hardy to Victoria to raise funds for cancer research

Thomas Wamiss is aiming to create awareness and to help ‘battle this terrible disease’

Thomas Wamiss will be walking from Port Hardy to Victoria starting June 18 to raise funds for cancer research. (Supplied photo)
Oak Bay High is a hub of activity as students, alumni and Rotary gather for a bottle drive to repair the track behind the school. (Courtesy of Daphne Good)

PHOTOS: Alumni, students, Rotarians collect cash in bottle form at Oak Bay High

Drive returns to school parking lot April 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oak Bay High is a hub of activity as students, alumni and Rotary gather for a bottle drive to repair the track behind the school. (Courtesy of Daphne Good)
Gaylene Ruel, left, and owner Brad DeClercq from Starboard Grill, and former Little Bavaria owner Kathy Krznaric prepare pierogi for the final stretch of the Ukrainian feast at Starboard on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (ELLIOT DREW/ Alberni Valley News)

5,000 Island pierogi and 2,000 Island cabbage rolls raise $16,000 for Ukrainian aid

Starboard Grill week-long fundraiser creates special meals to help in humanitarian effort

Gaylene Ruel, left, and owner Brad DeClercq from Starboard Grill, and former Little Bavaria owner Kathy Krznaric prepare pierogi for the final stretch of the Ukrainian feast at Starboard on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (ELLIOT DREW/ Alberni Valley News)
Victoria resident Melissa Sephton, who has cerebral palsy, is pictured in her Cook Street home on March 17. Sephton has saved up $14,000 towards a new van vital for her lifestyle, and along with her caregivers is asking the community for help fundraising more. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Victoria woman with cerebral palsy loses vital van; replacement sought

‘Melly loves to see the world,’ fundraiser note says; $14,000 saved from disability cheques

Victoria resident Melissa Sephton, who has cerebral palsy, is pictured in her Cook Street home on March 17. Sephton has saved up $14,000 towards a new van vital for her lifestyle, and along with her caregivers is asking the community for help fundraising more. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Hailey Townsend is making and selling yellow-and-blue bracelets to help raise money for Ukraine. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford girl raises $2,500 for Ukraine through homemade bracelet, bookmark sales

11-year-old has help from friend to collect donations for UNICEF emergency fund

Hailey Townsend is making and selling yellow-and-blue bracelets to help raise money for Ukraine. (Submitted photo)
Members of the Saanich Police Department brave the cold waters off Gyro Beach on March 15 to show their support for Special Olympics B.C. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich police get bold and cold doing Polar Plunge at Gyro Beach

Frigid fundraiser sees law enforcement agencies raise cash for Special Olympics B.C.

Members of the Saanich Police Department brave the cold waters off Gyro Beach on March 15 to show their support for Special Olympics B.C. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Canadian Tire store owners were recognized in November for their overall contribution of $1 million to the cardiac unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital since 2003. In 2021, $79,000 was raised as part of a renewed 10-year commitment. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria Fix-a-Heart campaign rallies community to bring in $79,000

2021 proceeds to help purchase echocardiography ultrasound unit for Royal Jubilee Hospital

Canadian Tire store owners were recognized in November for their overall contribution of $1 million to the cardiac unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital since 2003. In 2021, $79,000 was raised as part of a renewed 10-year commitment. (Black Press Media file photo)
Jazmin Paquette from Abbotsford is about to have both legs amputated due to compartment syndrome. She is hoping for some financial help to allow her father to be there for the surgery. (Jazmin Mowers photo)

Abbotsford woman preparing for life without legs, hoping for support

‘Please take this pain away, I’m done. Please take my legs.’

Jazmin Paquette from Abbotsford is about to have both legs amputated due to compartment syndrome. She is hoping for some financial help to allow her father to be there for the surgery. (Jazmin Mowers photo)
Longtime friends Annette Quan, Brenda Yanchuk, and Connie Scheurer ham it up during the 2020 Hike for Hospice. The trio has participated since 2013 in honour of a passed colleague. (Courtesy of Victoria Hospice)

Actively celebrate missed loved ones May 1 when Hike for Hospice returns to Victoria

Walk centred at Fisherman’s Wharf supports patients, families in hospice circle of care

Longtime friends Annette Quan, Brenda Yanchuk, and Connie Scheurer ham it up during the 2020 Hike for Hospice. The trio has participated since 2013 in honour of a passed colleague. (Courtesy of Victoria Hospice)
Cooper (left) and Lucas Lidstone share a special brotherly moment. Lucas, a child with special needs, has been greatly helped by a program called Bear Essentials. (Photo courtesy of Laura Lidstone)

Pot of Gold raffle supports Vancouver Island kids with health challenges

Bear Essentials program bridging the gap for children with complex healthcare needs

Cooper (left) and Lucas Lidstone share a special brotherly moment. Lucas, a child with special needs, has been greatly helped by a program called Bear Essentials. (Photo courtesy of Laura Lidstone)
Special Olympics BC athlete Sheenagh Morrison and Victoria police Const. Dan Galano took a preliminary dip at Willows Beach before a previous Polar Plunge fundraiser event. The 2022 Polar Plunge remains virtual. (Courtesy of VicPD)

Victoria police team Royal Plungers makes a splash for Special Olympics BC

10 tips for taking the Polar Plunge that runs March 5 to 20

Special Olympics BC athlete Sheenagh Morrison and Victoria police Const. Dan Galano took a preliminary dip at Willows Beach before a previous Polar Plunge fundraiser event. The 2022 Polar Plunge remains virtual. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Members of the Vancouver Island Painted Rocks Facebook group are painting sunflowers in solidarity with Ukraine. (Christine Nemeth/Facebook)

PHOTOS: Vancouver Island group stands with Ukraine through sunflower rock paintings

Sunflowers have become a symbol of resistance to Russia’s war on Ukraine

Members of the Vancouver Island Painted Rocks Facebook group are painting sunflowers in solidarity with Ukraine. (Christine Nemeth/Facebook)
The 2022 Wounded Warrior Run team, various North Island emergency personnel, and Mayor Dennis Dugas and Kwakiutl First Nation chief Calvin Hunt, all stopped for a group photo bright and early in Port Hardy on Sunday, Feb. 27 before the runners left Carrot Park. (David Grainger photo)

600 kilometres: The 2022 Wounded Warrior Run leaves Port Hardy bright and early

The 600 kilometre run is held annually to raise awareness and funds for Wounded Warriors Canada

The 2022 Wounded Warrior Run team, various North Island emergency personnel, and Mayor Dennis Dugas and Kwakiutl First Nation chief Calvin Hunt, all stopped for a group photo bright and early in Port Hardy on Sunday, Feb. 27 before the runners left Carrot Park. (David Grainger photo)
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