Community service is what the Sooke Harbourside Lions is all about, and that fits in perfectly for Rae Williamson. Williamson joined the Harbourside Lions in September when she saw what they were doing and it, “excited me,” she said.
The SHL are well-known and visible in the community with their hot dog sales, Pennies for Diabetes, Toys for Kids, Easter Seals 24-Hour Relay and many other community-oriented projects.
Now, they have taken on a new cause, raising money for the Sooke Food Bank, and Williamson is the chairperson for this project.
“I was talking to Ingrid about how desperate they are and how they are trying to keep the doors open,” said Williamson. “What struck me was the desperate stage they’re at. They are servicing 9.3 per cent of the population each month and that’s a lot of kids.”
The Sooke Food Bank serves over 672 adults and 312 kids in 435 households. These are not just extremely low income people, they are also someone’s grandparents or parents who are having a struggle on fixed incomes.
Williamson and the other Lions want to help. So, they have chosen June 18 as a day where they will be collecting twoonies for the food bank. Twoonie Tuesday will happen in over 18 locations in Sooke, including spots at the shopping malls and the schools.
Their goal? A twoonie from each resident of Sooke. Williamson said if they can do that ,the Sooke Food Bank would have enough money to keep helping others until the end of the summer. They hope to get other volunteer organizations to help them and they would ultimately like to have a Twoonie Tuesday twice a year.
The food bank requires approximately $4,700 per month. The money is used to purchase food in bulk. The Sooke Food Bank has been operating since 1982.
If any individuals would like to help on June 18, they can contact Maggie-Vause by email at: m_vause@shaw,ca or phone 250-642-3352.