Mark Your Calendars, on March 16 “Corks & Forks – a Taste of Ladysmith”, a special fundraiser for Disaster Aid Canada and also benefiting local community projects promises to be a yummy event.
The “Taste of Ladysmith” event features local restaurants, area wineries and breweries. There will be music by Soul King Michael Clark and a live auction with terrific items including a 2 night stay at the Wickaninnish Inn, a private Waterfront BBQ Dinner for 8 guests, 2 night stay at Sounds of the Sea guest suite along with a massage, a three hour Sailboat package including lunch and more.
Disaster Aid Canada was started by the Rotary Club of Ladysmith in 2004 and is associated with Disaster Aid International which has branches in many other countries. Disaster Aid Kits provide worldwide aid to people. Depending on the need the kit may include a 3 room tent, tool kits, hygiene kits, warmth and comfort products and a portable water filtration system that can provide a family of 10 a year’s worth of clean drinkable water.
Disaster Aid Canada also operates “Soap for Hope” which collects soap and amenities from hotels, re-processes, packages and distributes them to local shelters, foodbanks, transitional homes, Ladysmith emergency shelters and vulnerable seniors and children.
Both of these programs provided support for the victims of the Fort McMurray fire in 2016 and more recently responded to the requests of the responders to the massive fires in the interior of BC. Truckloads of donated materials and hygiene kits were sent to the shelters for the families that had to be evacuated from their homes and had to stay in temporary shelters.
Some of the participants at Corks & Forks include Mahle House, Wild Poppy Bistro, Old Town Bakery, Country Kitchen, Ironworks Cafe and Creperie and the Rotary Charcuterie Table. And to make sure it all gets paired with class is Zanatta Vinyards, Divino Vineyards, Avrill Creek Vinyards, Riot Brewing, Red Arrow Brewing, and Merridale Cidery.
The Rotary Club of Ladysmith was founded On March 20, 1971, by Bruce Coleman. Many of the projects have impacted the community in a profound way.
The Ladysmith Rotary Student Exchange Program has brought 18 international students to Ladysmith, with an equal number of local students being sponsored to study in foreign countries.