One of the many projects the Ladysmith Kinsmen Club sponsors is the annual Ladysmith Days Soap Box Derby held on the Saturday of the B.C. Day long weekend. For 2022, Ladysmith Days are being held on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31. (Photo submitted)

One of the many projects the Ladysmith Kinsmen Club sponsors is the annual Ladysmith Days Soap Box Derby held on the Saturday of the B.C. Day long weekend. For 2022, Ladysmith Days are being held on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31. (Photo submitted)

Kinsmen looking forward to events with loosened COVID restrictions

Club will host a hot dog fundraising event on April 9 – 10

By Duck Paterson

What has become almost an annual tradition, the Ladysmith Kinsmen Club will be doing another hot dog fundraising event on April 9 and 10 at the 49th Parallel Grocery in Ladysmith.

The basic gourmet delight begins at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday and runs until 4:00 p.m. each day.

“This is an actual fund program and we get a chance to tell folks about the club and what we do. We get a lot of donations and that makes it possible for the club to help throughout the community,” said Jim Delcour, project chair.

Over the years the local Kinsmen Club has sponsored more than a dozen hot dog bbq’s at the 49th, with the funds going to the local Food Bank.

Due to pandemic restrictions earlier, the club could not do the normal event before Christmas, so it donated $3,000 to the food bank in time for Christmas instead. The Kinsmen will still be supporting the food bank, later on in the year, but this time the funds raised, by donation, will go to other local club charities.

In the past few months, the club has supported the Ladysmith and District Historical Society by donating funds so the historical volunteers could replace the rotting facia on the old E&N Railway station and and then donated the funds so the group could get new frames and mounting hardware to install new heavy duty commercial doors on the old station.

The members also donated $2,000 to the local baseball association to fund umpire clinics and other programs. It also contributed $500 to the Cowichan Hospice.

The Ladysmith Steelers junior football program has also received support from the Kinsmen in the past year. The club has also increased the amount of its annual four bursaries from $500 – $700 each this year.

The club is excited now that the pandemic protocols have been loosened and the members are looking forward to organizing both the Ladysmith Days Parade, on the August long weekend, and the Festival of Lights parade on Nov. 25. In conjunction with the Celebrations Society, the Kinsmen also host the annual Soap Box Derby, which will be on Saturday, July 30.

The Ladysmith Kinsmen meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in the Festival of Lights building on Fourth Ave. The meetings start at 7:00 p.m. For more information people are asked to email info@ladysmithkinsmen.ca

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