Central Saanich model air show raises $24,000

Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow raised more than $24,000 in two days

The Victoria Radio Control Modelers Society raised more than $24

Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow raised more than $24,000 in two days.

Organizer Mike Scholefield says the turnout of fans to the Victoria Radio Control Modelers Society (VRCMS) event Aug. 10 and 11 was excellent, enabling the group to split the cash, giving just more than $12,200 to both the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation and CFAX’s Santas Anonymous.

“It is a pleasure for us to be able to make this donation,” he said during a cheque presentation at Central Saanich’s Michell Airfield off of Lochside Drive.

Santas Anonymous executive director Christine Hewitt said the money means they can buy groceries for another 100 families this year. The program, she continued, will serve approximately 1,300 families in 2013.

“It’s through these kinds of events that we are able to grow and create partnerships in the community,” she said.

Dan Deringer, president of Santas Anonymous, added the money will help the program create good memories for children.

Gordon Benn, president of the Hospital Foundation board of directors, said the money from the air show will be put towards a new CATScan machine.

“We will apply it to our ongoing campaign this year,” he said, adding the device will cost close to $1 million.

“Getting (a donation) like this is wonderful and it builds partnerships.”

Next year’s RC air show is already in the works. It is already set for Aug. 9 and 10, 2014 at the Michell Airfield.