Pictured above from left to right are Karen Cotten

Pennies go a long way to help Golden women’s centre

A lucky winner of an iPad mini was named at the Columbia Valley Credit Union as the prize was awarded to Jerry Bakken.

A lucky winner of an iPad mini was named at the Columbia Valley Credit Union as the prize was awarded to Jerry Bakken as part of a campaign to donate pennies in aid of the Golden Women’s Centre. In total $1040.28 was donated at the credit union.

Executive director of Golden Women’s Resource Centre, Linley McLean, said this money will go a long way to hep the centre.

“This kind of donation would more than cover the expenses of the shelter itself as a space. This is awesome.”

She added the funds will be used towards some of the costs at the group’s safe homes and supporting those people who use them.

Karen Cotton is the member service manager of the Columbia Valley Credit Union and one of the staff who helped organize the fundraiser.

“I think it was a great campaign as it brought awareness for the Women’s Centre. It is amazing how pennies can add up to something which is a substantial amount,” she said.

Cotton added that right from the start she was hoping to raise $1,000, so to reach the goal was great.

This feeling was echoed by McLean who said, “It is amazing how pennies add up. I think I am a little blown away by the number of pennies that came in.”

McLean also wanted to thank all of people who took part in the collection.

“Thank you to everyone who donated because it takes a lot of people who donate a lot of pennies. We want to thank the credit union as well for organizing this fundraiser on their own. It means a lot to us.”