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Raising Awareness and Funds for Lodges

Posted Aug 19, 2013 by Stacy Ashton

On July 19th, I had the honor to take part in a unique fundraising event organized by Community Volunteer Connections and Cheryl Galandie, Manager of Volunteers at the Cottonwood, Connolly, and Cypress Lodges on the Riverview grounds. Thrifty Foods,  at 2662 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, generously supported our cause by allowing us to sell boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts to shoppers passing by. It was amazing to see people stop with their arms loaded and take the time to talk to us and support a good cause. Many of our patrons, who were hesitant to buy donuts, were generous enough to make a donation to support mental health, without taking any donuts, leaving more boxes for us to sell!


CVC truly appreciated the generosity of the Coquitlam community. It was very refreshing to watch Cheryl and the volunteers engage the public in meaningful conversations related to mental health promotion and other issues in the community. I too had a chance to interact with people including a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and a few others who worked in the mental health field, who happily donated to our cause to support mental health.



Just standing next to Cheryl and her team of volunteers, I could feel their passion for their cause. This is not the first time Cheryl has put together a fundraising event such as this one. In fact, she has organized several successful fundraising events to support the volunteers, who offer their dedicated services to the mental health residents at the Lodges.

Cheryl also organized a carwash event which took place on Saturday, August 10th, at Apel Auto, 1495 Apel Drive, Port Coquitlam, who graciously offered their space for this fundraising event. Cheryl and her dedicated team of volunteers have raised a total of $805.00 through the carwash, as well as the Krispy Kreme fundraising event, and the raffle sales at both these events.  With the support of our loyal and dedicated community members, all funds will be going towards programming at the Lodges to support mental health and well-being of the residents.

Written by: Leila Razaghi, Summer Student at CVC



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