Dining Out For Life at 17 Mile pub

Fund raiser for AIDS Vancouver Island set for April 24

Once a year restaurants from Port Hardy to Victoria get involved in Dining Out For Life, an annual fund-raiser for AIDS Vancouver Island.

For the past four years, the 17 Mile Pub has been giving 25 per cent of their sales from meals to the cause.

“It’s an island thing and it’s a good cause,” said Ken Whitaker, owner of the 17 Mile Pub. “All we have to do is open the doors.”

On April 24, the 17 Mile Pub will give a portion of food sales from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Over 75 of Vancouver Island’s best-loved restaurants will come together to take part in Dining Out For Life, an annual fund raiser that supports island programs and services for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

The annual event, now in its ninth year, has raised more than $200,000 for programs and services across Vancouver Island.

The 17 Mile Pub, built in 1894, is a well-known landmark. It has been many things, including a hotel, school and a house of  worship. Only the pub has been continuous and it is still a gathering place for locals. It is hoped nearby residents from the Sooke area will come out and support the cause. Last year, patrons contributed close to $500 for the cause.

“There are no specific food specials,” said Whitaker, “it’s anything off the menu.”

Chef Neil Meija will create his usual pub grub, including the Thursday scallop special.

For restaurateurs, the event offers a chance to give back to their community as well as a promotional boost—diners are encouraged to get out and enjoy a meal at their favourite local establishment, or to try out a new one, with many restaurants offering special menu items on the day.

Fighting HIV and AIDS in your community is as easy as picking up a menu. Find a complete list of participating restaurants at http://www.diningoutforlife.com/vancouverisland/restaurants/ and join in on Dining Out For Life!

Since 1986, AIDS Vancouver Island has been working to improve the lives of people living with HIV or AIDS and to prevent more individuals from becoming infected with the virus.