Highland Gathering seeking sponsors

As the Legion Highland Gathering draws near, the need for sponsors grows.Legion Sgt.-At-Arms Darrel Byron said the shoe is on the other foot for the legion, which normally gives out money.“It’s not very often we do this,” said Byron of being the organization asking for money. “So we’re not too sure how to go about it.”The problem, said Byron, is new costs keep arising including the need for a PA system and signage.“These things come at us from a different angles all the time,” he said.“We’re not looking for buckets of money. If everyone chipped in a little bit to help us out (it would help),” said Byron.Byron recently approached council looking for up to $10,000 to help with the event. Byron has since revised their financial statements and had another meeting with town officials to which he feels hopeful.“This is bigger than what anyone anticipated,” said Byron of the event.Aside from monetary donations for the Gathering, the legion is also looking for volunteers and anyone who can help with guidance and logistics.“We can use all the help we can get.”Byron said they are starting to get people walking in off the street offering to help, which is a big boost.The Vancouver Island Brewery has been a saviour of late for the gathering organizers jumping on board with a large contribution.If you would like to help sponsor the event or sign up as a volunteer, please call Byron at 250-246-4492 or e-mail d.byron@shaw.ca.