Markus Halliwell

Markus Halliwell

Paks raise bounty

Ahoy! This year’s Pirate Pak Day – the only day when adults can purchase the iconic boat – raised $78,786 of ‘bounty’ for charity

Ahoy! This year’s Pirate Pak Day – the only day when adults can purchase the iconic boat – raised $78,786 of ‘bounty’ for charity.

Both the young and young-at-heart from across British Columbia and Alberta ‘sailed in’ to their local White Spot restaurant Wednesday for the annual fundraiser, helping send over 50 kids and young adults with life-threatening illnesses and chronic disabilities to Zajac Ranch for Children in Mission.

Since the ‘seaworthy’ initiative began seven years ago, White Spot has raised a total of $347,172 and provided hundreds of young mateys with a special summer camp experience. Each Pirate Pak Day, Canada’s longest running restaurant chain donates $2 from the sale of each Pirate Pak to Zajac Ranch. This year, 39,350 Pirate Paks were sold on a single day, and cash donations were also received.

Every year, White Spot staff – plus the most enthusiastic guests – dress up as swashbuckling pirates, all in the name of charity and good-hearted fun. Photos are available on the White Spot Facebook page.

“It’s heartwarming to see Pirate Pak Day gaining momentum year after year,” said White Spot president Warren Erhart.

“Our annual fundraiser keeps growing in popularity, thanks to thousands of caring ‘buccaneers’ that take this once-a-year opportunity to have some fun and re-live their childhood – all for a great cause. Pirate Pak Day is White Spot’s way of supporting kids who need it most, and we look forward to continuing the tradition in years to come.”

“This year, White Spot has strengthened its long-standing commitment to helping children and young adults who need it most,” said Mel Zajac, founder of the Zajac Ranch for Children.

“On behalf of our entire team at the ranch, I’d like to send a big, heart-felt thank-you to all the folks who stopped in at White Spot to enjoy this year’s Pirate Pak Day!”

From Aug. 18 to 22, ‘White Spot Week’ at Zajac Ranch allows kids with disabilities to try outdoor activities ranging from kayaking to horseback riding in a fun, supportive environment.