Topless for Ta-tas raises money

By the way, did you hear:

• The Topless for Ta-Ta’s (think convertables) fundraiser in May was a big success, according to organizer Belinda Jackson. It raised $600 for the cancer fight, thanks to the help of the Duncan Volunteer Fire Department (Joshua, Thomas and Kyle), the band Perros Libres, the B.C. Jeep Club, and Vancouver Island Off-road.

• As of this month, library customers can pick up a free library card key chain tag at their local branch. Library manager Melanie Reaveley says if you pick up their key chain tag on June 6 or 7, your name will be entered into a draw for a Kobo eReader. Key chain tags for the Chemainus, Cowichan and Cowichan Lake branches have been sponsored by McDonald’s.

• Erika Botond tells us Home Depot is bringing down the hammer on violence against women. For the month of June, Duncan Home Depot customers can donate $2 to purchase a paper hammer in the Buy A Hammer, Build our Community campaign. All proceeds raised will support Cowichan Women Against Violence Society to promote safety for women, children, youth and families in the Cowichan region.

• Home Depot is also earning the thanks of the children at Arcadian Early Learning. Led by captain Jen Charlie, more than a dozen volunteers from Home Depot donated time and supplies to build a deck and safe steps for the children to utilize what was an unusable space. Arcadian’s Kate Skye also thanks also to the City of Duncan for a grant in aid for pea gravel to add another layer of safety for the children’s outdoor play.

• Toastmasters is too fun to be just one. That’s why Kim Barnard is excited about the new NoonHour Club, launched May 28 in Duncan. Suelle Stewart, Chris Kozakowski and Phyllis Neilsen were among those present for the first meeting of the yet-to-be-named group. You are invited to come out Tuesdays to develop communication and leadership skills. For more, visit

• Karl Brust tells us the Duncan Elks and Chemainus Legion have done their part to help the Cowichan Pipes and Drums go to Monterey, California for the Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival. Each group staged a Scottish Afternoon fundraiser featuring Bobby Smith in order to help the cause. After the Duncan event, Elks president Tom George was able to hand a cheque for $500 over to piper Frank Nichol to help with travel expenses.

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