Parade walk raises cash

Volunteers from the Peninsula Mission Community Church helped the Sidney Lions Food Bank raise $2,000 at the Sidney Days parade. - Laura Lavin/News staff
Volunteers from the Peninsula Mission Community Church helped the Sidney Lions Food Bank raise $2,000 at the Sidney Days parade.
— image credit: Laura Lavin/News staff

A little time and energy are all it takes to give back to the community and that’s what the Peninsula Mission Community Church is doing. They’re taking on the food bank.

The Sidney Lions Food Bank is long-known for participating in both annual Sidney parades — Sidney Days and Sidney Sparkles. But without the resources to continually fill the manpower needed to walk the route, the local charity wasn’t sure it could continue.

“It was actually going to be dropped from the parades,” said Troy Courville, community liaison for Peninsula Mission. Courville called the food bank, just at the right time. Days before the Sidney Sparkles parade, the church group took over the fundraising walk. On Canada Day they raised an overwhelming $2,000 from donations along the route.

“It’s supporting our community and allowing our youth and seniors to give back … it’s what we want to do as a church and as a family,” Courville said. “It’s profoundly important they see how easy it is to give back.”

What began as a one-time thing to fill a role, has become ongoing support.

“This is part of our outreach,” said Travis Stewart, senior pastor at Peninsula Mission. “We’re going to try and put together a float or a couple of floats for the Christmas parade.”

Donate to the local food bank online at or drop off donations at the Sidney Lions Food Bank, 2295 Ocean Ave.

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