Seniors foundation hosting day for the entire family

Team Wedgwood
Team Wedgwood's Maria Frueh, along with teammates Grace Spinks and Lois Phillips, places a marker on the Seniors Community Express fundraising tally track. On behalf of the Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation's Loonie Challenge, Team Wedgwood has collected about 500 loonies. Grand Family Day is set for June 5.
— image credit: Ashley Gaudreault

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The Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation’s got their hands on Pamela Anderson’s great aunt Vie Zapshala.

The 85-year-old debutante from Victoria will make her rounds at the CSCF’s Grand Family Day June 5.

The all-ages, family-friendly event acts as a fundraiser for Cowichan seniors-related groups.

But don’t confuse it with something aimed strictly at the grey-haired set.

It’s a family fun fair, with the emphasis on family. It features attractions that should be smiles to the faces of Mom, Dad, Grampa, Nan, little Janie and ;ittle Johnnie.

This second-annual go-round, staged a la carte style, is being moved to the B.C. Forest Discovery Centre from last year’s debut at the Cowichan Sportsplex.

CSCF executive director Carol Hunt’s tickled Ladysmith-born Pam’s Aunt Vie is going to make the occasion.

“She’s going to be signing her book, A Life of Pickles and Pearls,” Hunt explained. “She’ll also help us announce this year’s recipients of the ($20,000) Seniors Community Fund.”

This year’s carnival-style event has last year’s usual staples, including popular Loonie Challenge.

Hunt hints the bout between red T-shirt Team Meadows from Sunridge Place, which has challenged blue T-shirt Team Wedgwood, will for sure be action-packed. Both groups have been busy collecting armfuls of loonies.

Team Duncan Manor is also in the mix.

Other groups, businesses and community members are also encouraged to collect loonies, which are all funneled in the end towards the $20 K seniors fund.

This year’s soiree also includes a five-kilometre fun run through the BCFDC’s 100-acre woods.

Registration is $10 a person or $15 a family (limit four family members) and starts at 8:45 a.m.

The run starts at 9:15 a.m.

Also on the roster are train and helicopter rides, a seniors sports day and expo booths.

Admission to the FDC is free but $1 tickets will be available for participation in rides, contests and activities.

For more information call Carol Hunt at 250-715-6481 or go to cowichanseniors.ca.


And the cash goes to

This year’s recipients for the Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation’s $20,000 fund have been broken down into five seniors-related organizations.

The 2011 honorees are:

Stroke Recovery Outreach Cowichan $6,000

Boost Your Brain Power Program Duncan $4,000

Keeping in Touch, Cowichan Family Caregivers Society $3,000

Volunteer Driver’s Program $3,000

Big Brothers, Big Sisters Seniors Mentoring Program $5,000 (in partnership with Island Savings Credit Union Cowichan)

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