Lumby mayor camps for a cause

Kevin Acton is showing support for the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre by camping

Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton will camp out from Friday to Sunday to raise awareness and funds for the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre.

Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton will camp out from Friday to Sunday to raise awareness and funds for the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre.

Armed with a tent, a sleeping bag and lots of water, Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton will be camping for a cause.

Acton is showing support for the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre by camping at the Highway 6 pullout, on the west side of the village, from Friday to Sunday. The emphasis is on going without and Acton will  fast throughout the weekend.

“Members of our community are going without.  I’ve witnessed people hitting a stumbling block in life and if someone is there to catch them, the drop can be a lot shorter,” he said.

“That’s where Whitevalley Community Resource Centre comes in, and I want people to realize how lucky we are to have these services and how we need to support them.” he said.

Because provincial funding is limited, the WCRC is establishing a legacy fund so it has sufficient finances to provide services in the future.

“We all have tough moments in our lives, so please help us to ensure the centre is around if you or someone you care about ever needs help,” said Acton.

“I want people to come by and chat.  This is an opportunity to speak about an issue that may not be on everyone’s radar, but should be.”

Whitevalley helps resident resource opportunities, get back into the work force, enrol in the Good Food Box program, access child care through the After School program and the Summer Day Camp, and participate in counselling.

The centre also has ongoing services such as free Internet access, a resource library, the back to school Back Pack Project, the free book exchange, the fresh vegetable and fruit exchange and the volunteer bank.

Acton will be at the pullout from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Sunday, and he will be accepting donations for the legacy fund.

For more information, call 250-547-8866 or visit www.whitevalley.ca.