Dedicated volunteers clean up the town. (Photo submitted)

Crofton shines after Saturday’s volunteer clean-up campaign

Great pride shown by people to spend a sunny day collecting garbage

Crofton sparkled a little brighter in the sun following a Crofton Clean-Up campaign Saturday.

A total of 48 volunteers showed up, including North Cowichan Councillor Debra Toporowski and her family, to help pick up rubbish strewn around the town. After all was done, almost four yards of trash was collected that filled a large waste bin ready for disposal on Monday.

“I can clearly state that this community, although a bit littered, has not the greater problem the larger centres have,” noted Dan Robin, an ardent community volunteer in many capacities. “That alone is a great reason people love to live here.”

Crofton Community In Bloom, a new subcommittee of the Crofton Community Centre Society, organized the event with support from many other groups and individuals. The Crofton Fire Department always makes its presence felt in the community and Chelsea Sweet-Coulter from 89.7 Juice FM was on the scene in the Juice Cruiser.

Progressive Waste Solutions provided two garbage bins to dispose of items; Superstore, Thrifty Foods and 49th Parallel Grocery donated food and drinks; the Municipality of North Cowichan’s Tammy Isaachsen arranged the traffic signs, vests, garbage bags, gloves and pickers for the volunteers; Crofton Community Centre contributed support and equipment; and the Courier carried the story in advance of the work.

No needles were found in the four square block radius covered from the Gerry Hurst Skateboard Park to Adelaide Street.

“There was a few pieces of glass found by the old elementary school and ball field, but only a few,” noted Robin.

“The weather was great, the barbecue was fun and we call this a great success for Crofton,” he added.

With spring in full swing, everyone is looking forward to the next step in getting Crofton in bloom.

The Spring Bash, featuring the Maxwell Smart Band, will give everyone a chance to celebrate the accomplishment. It takes place at the Crofton Community Centre Saturday, April 6 at 8 pm. Tickets are $20, available at Galletto Market & Deli in Crofton.


Trash collectors were out in full force, including North Cowichan Councillor Debra Toporowski. (Photo submitted)

Volunteers in Crofton clean up the town. See Page 8.

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