News Briefs for June 29, 2016

Ladysmith Rotary official sponsor of Disaster Aid Canada

The Rotary Club of Ladysmith has established a formal agreement making it the official world-wide sponsor of Disaster Aid Canada (DAC).

“The charity was founded by members of the Rotary Club, and has been supported by the club since its inception in 2003,” says a Rotary Club release.

“Previous support of Shelter Box Canada was transitioned to the newly formed DAC in 2010.”

Until recently, the charity was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Royal Oak Centennial in Victoria.

“The Ladysmith Club is proud to have brought sponsorship of the charity back to its founding club here in the Town of Ladysmith,” states the release.

Two members of the Ladysmith club have positions on the DAC board: President David Brown and member Frank Elsom, who has served on the board since the charity’s inception.

Disaster Aid Canada is a registered Canadian charity whose mission is to provide hope, comfort and dignity to victims of disaster.  You can find out more at

Fort McMurray CCCU donations close to $17,000

A Coastal Community Credit Union (CCCU) donation account for Red Cross relief in Fort McMurray received an outpouring of support. In a matter of weeks, $16,911 was raised by CCCU members, clients, employees and the public in time for government matching, bringing the final donation total to over $30,000.

After news broke of the Fort McMurray wildfires, CCCU  established the Red Cross account for Islanders to make their donations. Monetary support quickly began to flow in. According to the Red Cross, these funds went immediately towards helping the over 80,000 residents forced to flee their homes and led to the opening of several emergency shelters, the delivery of critical relief supplies, and the activation of 13 Disaster Response Call Centres.