Variety show fundraiser back for another year

This Saturday, December 7, the second annual variety show will take place at the Golden Civic Centre in support of the Golden Food Bank. The variety show is hosted in partnership with the Golden and District Regional Hospital.

Proceeds support the food bank, and allow them to purchase Christmas hampers for families in need around the holidays.

“We are closing for Christmas, so before we close we are going to put some food hampers together, with turkey and special foods for clients, to help cover the cost of groceries,” said Judith Fernandez, the manager of the food bank. “Last year we had 95 households, which was over 200 people who benefited from the hampers.”

There will be food provided by Western Pizza, as well as a cash bar with proceeds going towards the food bank as well. There will also be silent auction baskets with gourmet foods, which will be provided by the food bank themselves, as well as a 50/50 raffle.

This year’s variety show comes as a result of a successful community fundraiser in November of 2018 by the Hospital, which resulted in two new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Parson and the Blaeberry.

“The variety show is a good way to showcase local talent that’s not necessarily going to put on their own shows, so it gives them an opportunity to perform,” said organizer Zoë Evans. “It an entertaining night for a good cause.”

The goal of this project in 2018 was to provide faster access to AEDs in Area A. AEDs are used with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during a cardiac arrest. If a person is in cardiac arrest, an AED checks the heart rhythm and depending on the rhythm, an electric shock can restore a normal rhythm. Quick access to the AED is very important in the chain of survival.

One AED is located at the Twig & Berry Trading Co. in Parson on Highway 95. The AED can be accessed during store hours. The other AED is located at the Northern Lights Wolf Centre at 1745 Short Road in the Blaeberry. To access the AED at the wolf centre, call 250-344-6798.

This year, Evans says they chose the food bank as this year’s cause, as it’s a busy time of the year for them, and a hard time of year for those that they serve.

“We want to fundraise and celebrate at a festive time of year, ” said Evans. “It’s a good time of the year to support the food bank.”

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25, or in advance at the Golden Food Bank or Blue Bird Cafe for $20. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show beginning at 7 p.m.

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