The Rotarians’ pasta fundraiser for life jackets for kids will be followed up by a Rotary auction on April 8. - Image credit: photo contributed.

Life jacket lending kiosk on way

Groups raise funds to provide life jackets at kiosk by May long weekend.

On Saturday, March 11, in partnership with the Village of Chase, the Chase Rotarians hosted a pasta fundraiser for the ‘Kids Don’t Float’ program.

In conjunction with Shuswap Search and Rescue, the community will have built a life jacket kiosk at the Chase Memorial Park. The life jacket honour system will be in place for the May long weekend. If your kids need to borrow a life jacket, they will be available at the beach. When you are finished using the jacket, return it to the kiosk.

Brandi Nakazawa and Jacquie Everett prepared a pasta dinner with all the trimmings for a modest price of $10, plus had a silent auction and kids’ sale of summer toys where kids used “funny money” to purchase items of their choice.

Shuswap Search and Rescue also contributed information on their services and had a remote control boat called “Bob” which interacted with the young people in the audience. The organizers are very appreciative to the sponsors who provided substantial donations as well as providing life jackets for display and fashion show purposes.

The fundraiser grossed one-third of the overall costs of the kiosk and life jackets and the remainder will be raised at the upcoming Rotary auction on April 8 at the Chase Community Hall. Tickets can be purchased at Miller’s Cabin and the Chamber office.