Town rallies around their own

Fundraising effort for Town of Sidney employees looks to raise $10,000

Coen Wallace is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. He and Town of Sidney employee John Cunningham are the subjects of a new fundraising effort.

Two Town of Sidney Parks Department workers are the center of a fundraising initiative spearheaded by Sidney Councillor Kenny Podmore.

Chris Wallace, whose three-year-old son Coen Wallace is in desperate need of a kidney transplant and John Cunningham, who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis last year and needs a chair lift in his home so he can remain there, are the focus of Coun. Podmore’s fundraising efforts.

“Both these families are going through very tough times and have worked for the Town of Sidney for some time, so we felt we wanted to do something for them to help them in any way possible,” explained Podmore.

With the approval of the town and support from several local businesses and organizations including the Sidney Lions, Thrifty Foods, Slegg Lumber and Stonestreet Cafe, Podmore hopes to raise $10,000 for the two families.

“We’re a family on the Peninsula and that’s why we really want to come together for this, because these people are part of our family,” Podmore said.

The pancake breakfast will kick off the fundraiser on Oct. 27 at 8 a.m.  and it will roll into the barbecue lunch which begins at noon and runs until 2 p.m.

“We’re going to have music during the barbecue from the Stone Mountaineers, both mayors from Central Saanich and North Saanich will be there and Ed Bain from The Q and CHEK News will be there to flip burgers,” Podmore said. “All proceeds from the donations for the food at the pancake breakfast and the barbecue will go to help the families.”

Parents and children alike are invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes as well, Podmore noted. For event details or to help out, call 250-655-4631. Donations can also be made at Sidney town hall between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP to stop providing security for Prince Harry and Meghan

Public safety minister says RCMP has been helping UK police intermittently since November

Westshore Wolves nip Peninsula Panther to tie playoff series

The Cats resume VIJHL playoffs against the Wolves Friday in North Saanich

First arrests made at BC Legislature after demonstrators spray chalk on property

Legislature security arrested two people, allegedly for mischief

Improvements to Reay Creek Dam could end up raising Sidney’s costs

Sidney and Ottawa are still discussing ways to coordinate remediation

West Shore RCMP busts alleged drug dealer operating out of View Royal apartment

Officers found cocaine, xanax, magic mushrooms and more

B.C. residents in Wet’suwet’en territory have right to police presence: Public Safety Minister

Nevertheless, Bill Blair said officials remain ‘very anxious’ for the barricades to come down

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

RCMP, hereditary chiefs reach deal to end police patrols of Wet’suwet’en lands

Withdrawal opens door for talks today between hereditary chiefs, province and federal gov

Should you shave your beard to stop COVID-19? The U.S. CDC has a guide

Facial hair could be a big no-no if COVID-19 reaches pandemic status

Canada’s 13th coronavirus case confirmed as husband of 12th patient

More than 81,000 cases of COVID-19 have occurred since the virus emerged in China

Shuswap boy wins hockey stick from NHL hero with rock, paper, scissors

Chase’s Payton Koch’s exchange with Minnesota Wild’s Kevin Fiala caught on camera

Surrey will replace its RCMP force with municipal police, province confirms

City of Surrey has been authorized to set up its own city police force

UPDATE: Son, 5, dies in hospital after crash that killed dad, older son on B.C. highway

Mike Cochlin and sons Liam and Quinn were travelling on Highway 5A

Most Read