Resident Dave Bosomworth (centre) presents $4

Resident Dave Bosomworth (centre) presents $4

Mayor’s campout collects cash

Kevin Acton garners support for Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Legacy Fund.

Lumby residents aren’t afraid to show that they care.

There was a steady flow of visitors as Mayor Kevin Acton camped out at the Highway 6 pull-out from 5 p.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Monday to raise awareness about the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Legacy Fund.

“I haven’t had much time to myself,” he said of residents dropping by.

“There’s been a lot of great discussion about WCRC and other agencies in the community.”

The Legacy Fund’s goal is to raise $800,000 over five years. The principle will remain in an endowment fund and the interest generated each year will help cover operational expenses at WCRC.

The campaign was launched because government grants are uncertain and the centre almost closed a few years ago.

WCRC services include counselling for adults and families, addictions counselling, after-school activities, Kid’s Zone in Cherryville, summer day camps, toddler programs, cooking classes for those on a budget, seniors drop-in, health information for seniors, Good Food Box and Internet access.

The camp out led to about $4,800 being raised, including a $4,000 donation from Dave Bosomworth.

But beyond the funds, Acton says the focus of his camp-out was to increase awareness.

“I wanted people to realize how lucky we are to have these services and how we need to support them and our neighbours,” he said.

For more information about the Legacy Fund campaign or to donate, call 250-547-8866 or go to www.whitevalley.ca.