ROTARY ROUNDUP: Rotary youth raise funds for 12 Days of Kindness

Four local bands – Milsom Wynd, from Tsawwassen; Dacey, from Vancouver; Too Much of Anything, from White Rock and Beyond The Eyes, from South Surrey – played a fundraising concert at the Roxy in Vancouver on Nov 22.

All the bands promoted the concert and donated ticket sales to the Semiahmoo Peninsula Rotaract Club for their “12 Days of Kindness” community project.

The concert was organized by Rotaractor Jake Sawatzky. Over 100 people came out for the show, raising $1,500. The audience had a great time, packing the dance floor several times throughout the night. Lots of cheering, smiling and dancing the whole way through.

The premise of “12 Days of Kindness” is to do a different volunteer project in the community for 12 days in a row. This includes making care packages for the homeless through Sources, donating supplies to the BCSPCA, holding a sock drive for Options Community Services and much more.

Jake was joined by fellow club members Lexie Wynne, Austin Keen, Ryan Scott, and April Marasco who came down to help with the event.

“It was really inspiring to see the local bands, friends and family come together for a great night and to raise money for our community,” said Keen.

This is the second fundraising concert at the Roxy for Sawatsky and the Rotaractors. The first one helped raise funds for The Guatemala Stove Project, in which 24 Rotaractors from District 5050 raised over $80,000 to install 89 ventilated stoves in a rural Guatemalan village in August.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about the Semiahmoo Peninsula Rotaract club, find us @semirotaract on Instagram and Facebook, where we post about our upcoming events and projects.

On another note, the White Rock Rotary Club is holding its Christmas book sale at the Rotary Field House (east of South Surrey Rec Centre, near the soccer field) on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

All six Rotary clubs on the Peninsula make a huge difference in our community every day. If you would like to find out more about what makes each club tick, we invite you to visit us at one of our meetings.

Allan Baedak writes on behalf of the Semiahmoo Peninsula’s six Rotary clubs. allan@wpmmedia.ca

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