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SAR: Thanks for this autumn’s bounty

SAR: Thanks for this autumn’s bounty

jane macdonald sarGrateful. While one word does not make a sentence, it sums up the feelings shared by all Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue volunteers, on land and at sea. October and early November presented a bounty of training events, community support and generous donor contributions.

Thanks to the leadership and initiative of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation, a Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue Endowment Fund was officially established last year. Three Coast-wide RCMSAR Societies, representing Gibsons, Halfmoon Bay / Sechelt and Pender Harbour together will benefit from the largesse of our community. Please consider joining them when planning your annual gift giving or estate. The income from the fund will be used for funding critical operations and equipment requirements.

New recruits to Marine Search and Rescue have been busy getting their initial credentials in order, including criminal record checks, extensive reading, vessel inspections and classroom sessions reviewing the Crew Orientation Manual.  The enthusiasm demonstrated by new members and the time and dedication of active crew who help train the next class is both impressive and
humbling.

Thursday, Nov. 9, Station 12 (Halfmoon Bay / Sechelt) will hold its 4th Annual Beer & Burger Night at the Lighthouse Pub. Over 250 guests are anticipated to support our volunteers and enjoy a fun-filled evening that includes food, beverages, and lots of mingling.  On the fundraising side, guests will have the opportunity to bid on raffle prizes, 50 /50 draws, silent auction items and a variety water-based adventure packages. This year’s event will include ‘Crew Favours’ – services or items individually contributed by the men and women who serve as members of our station, as a means of raising funds to support crew training and safety equipment.

While fairly quiet on the call-out front, several members are advancing their skills and safety response certifications.  The expressions and demonstrations of community support fuel the crews with confidence and affirm our shared belief that what we do actually makes a difference to residents on the Sunshine Coast.

For more information, please visit: rcmsar12.org.

Thank you for your support.

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