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BCS benefits from event

Alexis Varley holds the $1,000 she raised for child and youth mental health programs at Beacon Community Services. Sean Kenny, a teacher at ILC in Saanichton and Elaine Venables of BCS, look on. - Steven Heywood/News staff
Alexis Varley holds the $1,000 she raised for child and youth mental health programs at Beacon Community Services. Sean Kenny, a teacher at ILC in Saanichton and Elaine Venables of BCS, look on.
— image credit: Steven Heywood/News staff

Alexis Varley took it upon herself to put on a fundraiser for Beacon Community Services, and it exceeded her expectionations.

As a student at the Individual Learning Centre in Saanichton, Varley said she wanted to give a little something back to the BCS — a service that helped her greatly when she was in need.

So she organized a barbecue, silent auction, live entertainment and more, and held the event at her school on Oct. 13.

“I wanted to raise awareness and money for child and youth mental health services,” she explained. “They’ve helped me in the past and I want to help them.”

Varley said she had hoped to raise some money, not knowing exacly how much to expect. She said she was amazed that it brought in $900 — plus another $100 came from her own grandparents, for a total of $1,000. She presented the money recently to BCS director Elaine Venables.

“It’s wonderful news,” Venables said, thanking Varley for her hard work.

“Beacon is really honoured for Alexis to think of us and be able to help other people and youth in the community.”

Varley said she had gone through a hard time in the past, and the program helped her — something she hopes others can take advantage of, if they too need help.

Venables said the need is there at this time of year and the money Varley raised will be put to use right away in their counselling services program.

Sean Kenney, Varley’s teacher at ILC, said she worked very hard to make her fundraiser happen and is glad to see that she really likes this type of work.

“This is entirely Alexis’ vision,” he said, “from start to finish. I was honoured just to help.”

Varley said she plans to do more such events in the future.

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