Pictured are Kinsmen members Duck Paterson (left) and Mike Richardson (right) being socially distanced from Museum president Quentin Goodbody (centre) while presenting a $500 check to cover the cost of painting the Ladysmith Museum (Submitted photo)

Ladysmith Kinsmen continue to donate during COVID-19 pandemic

The Kinsmen recently donated to the Ladysmith Historical Society and LaFF

While many events and businesses have been closed due to COVID-19, the Ladysmith Kinsmen Club is continuing its work to support local organizations.

The Ladysmith Kinsmen recently donated $500 to the Ladysmith Historical Society so the wheelchair access ramp at the Ladysmith museum could receive a fresh coat of paint. Museum volunteers will do the painting work.

“The club is really impressed with what the museum volunteers are doing. The time they put into the museum as well as the quality of the exhibits we have in our museum are great,” Ladysmith Kinsmen president, James Delcourt said. “We were pleased to be able to build the ramp for the museum back then and we’re happy to again being part of improving this marvellous gem of a museum.”

The Ladysmith Kinsmen also donated $2,000 toward the Ladysmith Family and Friends, (LaFF) community fundraiser that is being sponsored by Fred and Karen Green.

“Even with our own fundraising being really affected by the Covid19 issue, we really wanted to help as much as we could,” Kinsmen, Duck Paterson said. “For LaFF to be able to get four dollars for every dollar they could fund raise, through their Community Association drive.”

“We felt we could put in $2,000 as that would turn into $10,000 for them. The great gesture by Fred and Karen Green is amazing.”

Paterson said the Kinsmen are issuing a challenge to the community, including local organizations and businesses to donate to LaFF so they can reach their $25,000 goal.

“We’re not expecting them to match what the Kinsmen have donated,” Paterson said, “But we’re hoping that they do donate something. Everything they donate will be multiplied by four dollars, so now is the time to get on board so that Ladysmith Family and Friends can continue to do the amazing work and programs they have for young learners as well as families.”

Meanwhile, the Ladysmith Kinsmen are still working on their own fundraising to build public washrooms in downtown Ladysmith. The total cost of the downtown washrooms project is $80,000, and the Kinsmen have $55,000 raised so far.

“If folks want to donate to this needed amenity they can call me at 250-245-2263 or donate at the Ladysmith & District Credit Union into the Ladysmith Kinsmen Public Washroom account,” Paterson said.

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