Oct 3,2014(ISN) – DUNCAN – The Cowichan Sportsplex has been utilized six times so far this year to help aid various societies and associations with their fundraising efforts, all open to the public, to raise funds for great causes.
Catherine Brandon, Executive Director of the Chesterfield Sports Society, said “It is such an honor to host Duncan’s First Light the Night event and see another group of caring people enjoying what the Sportsplex has to offer.”
On October 4, “Light the Night, Duncan,” is being held to honor Christina Vangoughnett, a survivor who works at the Real Canadian Superstore in Duncan. This fundraiser has been set up by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union to help support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Each year on a national basis, the Union raises over a million dollars to this cause searching for a cure. Christina was in treatment for a year when she had to take the time off work and is now in remission and working once again. The employees at the Real Canadian Superstore are the main drive to support Christina and other survivors, as well as remembering those who have been lost. The hope is to have 200 people attend and everyone is welcome. Anyone raising $100 will receive a t-shirt and lantern. The lanterns are color-coded for supporters, survivors and ‘in memory of’. Registration begins at 5 pm with the lantern lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Anyone wishing to join the ‘team’ can do so at http://tinyurl.com/duncanufcw247.
One of the latest fundraisers at the Sportsplex was for Ovarian Cancer which rose over $1,000 and was well attended by 150 participants. Other fundraisers hosted this year at the Cowichan Sportsplex aided the Kidney Foundation, Cancer Society, MS Society and Alzheimer’s Society.
The Sportsplex plays an important role in the Cowichan Region’s ability to host events, large and small, like the upcoming 2018 BC Summer games. “Our community needs the Sportsplex for events like these,” says Brandon. “That’s why we need people to vote yes on the referendum on November 15 to provide stable funding for the Sportsplex.”
The Cowichan Sportsplex is a 29-acre outdoor sports, leisure and community events venue, managed and developed by a non-profit organization called the Chesterfield Sports Society. It creates opportunity for ALL to participate in healthy physical activities, building personal confidence and community pride, and promoting excellence in sport. Our values of commitment, respect, trust, inclusion, trust and competency are reflected in the high quality services and opportunities we provide locally as well as to event organizers from around the world.