Langley Rotarians come through bigtime for hungry kids

Wow! In one night, a team of local Rotarians and the staff at Earls restaurant raised a whopping $27,800 for a food program at Brookswood Secondary.

As you may recall, in one of my past columns, I told you about an effort by the Langley Central Rotary Club to feed hungry teens in Langley.

Well, that feat was accomplished in spades earlier this month, when a $50-a-person fundraising dinner – dubbed the Rotary Earls Night – paid significant dividends.

Rotarian Beverlee Rasmussen said the hope was to raise $16,000. Between the tickets sales and sponsorship that amount was exceeded.

Their goal, she said, would be raise enough to feed the kids for a year and provide the school with some much needed upgrades to the school’s 40-year-old kitchen.

There were 150 people who came out to share in the night and help the cause. And, thanks to their efforts Rasmussen announced there’s enough to fund the hunger initiative at Brookswood for three years. Kudos to all involved.

• More pictures online at www.langleyadvance.com, search “Rotary”

Breakfast aids cancer kids

If you’ve been thinking about supporting the Cops for Cancer fundraiser that’s going on this month around the province, but needed that extra little nudge to reminder to motivate you, this might be just the thing.

Denny’s restaurant in Walnut Grove is hosting a Cops for Cancer breakfast fundraiser next Monday and Tuesday, with “partial” proceeds going to the cause.

Between 6 and 11 a.m. on both days, the restaurant staff will be serving up a special Cops for Cancer breakfast – featuring two pancakes, two scrambled eggs, one piece of bacon, and one sausage for $5.99.

Expo on the calendar

A small business information expo is is bringing together various organizations and government departments that support small businesses – and it’s hosting a free tradeshow in Langley early next month.

The expo is on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre. It will feature drop-in educational panels, providing additional insight into resources for small business.

“The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce is thrilled that the small business information expo has made its way to the Valley,” said president Kristine Simpson.

“This is a great opportunity for small- and medium-sized businesses to have face-to-face interactions with representatives from valuable programs offered by many government and non-profit organizations,” she added.

Even though it’s a free event, pre-registration is required at www.eventbrite.ca (search Fraser Valley Small Business Information Expo).

Exhibitors include:

Small Business BC

The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises

PWGSC-GCSurplus

Statistics Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP)

Canada Revenue Agency – SR&ED Program

Concierge Service – NRC-IRAP

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Business Development Bank of Canada

Service Canada

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training

Employers’ Advisers Office

BC Ministry of Finance

Mediate BC Society

WorkSafeBC

CANARIE

Supplier Diversity Canada

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. BIIS

Community Futures South Fraser

Tale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation

Futurpreneur Canada (BC Office)

BC Angel Forum

Women’s Enterprise Centre

Back in Motion Rehab Inc. (Skills Connect for

Immigrants Program)

Fighting like a girl

September is ovarian cancer awareness month and Forever Yours Lingerie owner Sonya Perkins wants people to “fight like a girl.”

Last year, Forever Yours Lingerie model and friend, Elly Mayday, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer – at age 25.

After undergoing numerous surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy, Elly is still fighting – and thriving, Perkins said.

So Perkins and her Forever Yours team have teamed up with Elly to make a difference for others fighting the fight. They created chemo comfort bags for those undergoing chemotherapy and need some help.

“We wanted to provide something tangible for people who are currently fighting cancer. Elly shared with us some of the things that helped her get through her treatment and here we are, building chemo comfort bags,” Perkins said.

While the Langley store owner is happy to accept cash donations to purchase items for the chemo comfort bags, they are also looking for words of encouragement – a short note or card with words of support to include with each bag, and knit or crocheted toques.

Donations and notes are being accepted at the Fraser Highway store until Sept. 30.

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