CFUW helps fund scholarships for students in the community

CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) will be holding their annual book sale on Aug. 22.

Janet Stobie (left) and Penny Rinald help spread the word on the CFUW book sale.

By Carlie Connolly/PNR staff

CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) will be holding their annual book sale on Aug. 22, with proceeds going to help them provide scholarships to deserving students.

The focus of CFUW is education from the ground up with interests in supporting students at the university and high school level on the Saanich Peninsula.

“We’ve changed somewhat in that we’re not saying its just university women, we’re embracing having women for anyone that would like to join us and be part of the group and is interested in furthering education,” said Penny Rinald, who has been a member since the federation started here in Sidney.

“We just support learning everywhere in any way,” she said.

Janet Stobie, who is the program chair for this year, said that what attracted her to CFUW is that the money raised goes towards providing scholarships and bursaries for local young women.

She added that it’s a wonderful environment for young people to try and get ahead.

The book sale takes place between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the space between Tim Horton’s and the liquour store on Beacon Avenue. The pair say they will see thousands of books go for as little as a dollar or two.

Last year, CFUW raised $3,000 in its fundraising efforts, which went into their scholarship funds.

On the fourth Tuesday of every month beginning in September, visitors and guests are welcome to stop by the Mary Winspear Centre at 7 p.m. to hear from various speakers. The next meeting will be on Sept. 22 with Rebeccah Nelems.