Bedwell Harbour fundraiser in the swim of things

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Gulf Islands Driftwood — Pender Islands Edition

August 9, 2000

Bedwell Harbour fundraiser in the swim of things

by Tanya Lester

The Bedwell Harbour community fundraiser made quite a splash over the holiday weekend with Auntie Kate belting out the blues, pool races, draws, a silent auction, kids’ fboard games and prizes.

Some of the more interesting games included paper airplane, cannon ball and belly flop races as well as a dunk tank.

On Monday by noon, office manager Laska Freeman had counted $500 and was still tallying up the donations.

The fundraising will benefit all islanders as proceeds will be divided between the Pender Island Swim Team and the Gulf Island Marine Rescue e Society.

The rescue society is raising a total of $80,000 for all new 24-foot rigid hull inflatable boat, which will replace the whaler now being used.

According to the society’s Ian Mott, the whaler is not intended to operate in extreme conditions. This means a rescue team might have to turn back in adverse weather conditions.

Mott explained that the marine rescue team is part of an overlapping support system that includes both the Canadian and American coast guard, the RCMP and firefighters.

The new boat will ensure that the team can do its part in rescue situations.

Penderites will get to see the boat in its preparatory state on the back of a trailer at the Fall Fair parade…..

The boat will be christened the Nu-To-Yu II after the second-hand store operated by the Pender Island Community eServices Society, which has been the society’s largest financial supporter.

The whaler now I use is called Nu-To-Yu.

Other grants have come from the Capital Regional District, South Pender Fire Department and North Pender Land Search and Rescue. Mott said they are applying to the provincial government for a lottery grant as well.

Bedwell Harbor Resort was booked solid during the long weekend festivities. Freeman said the marina’s 110 bays were filled as was every hotel room.

RCMP Corporal Don Smawley estimated that the Penders’ population swelled to 10,000-12,000 people over the weekend. He said the harbours were all packed with boats. There were several mechanical problems that led to breakdowns as well as reports of dragging anchors.


Tanya is an intuitive reader and counsellor who specializes in tea leaf reading, tarot, psychic channeling and mediumship. She is also a reiki master and instills this energy into her readings as well as into her housesits which she does fulltime. To make an appointment for a reading or to arrange for her housesitting services, contact her by email at or text/call her at 250-538-0086 cell. Her web site is and she has pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google.

Tanya’s book are Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader and Friends I Never Knew that you can order from or buy directly from the author. She also wrote Dreams and Tricksters as well as Women Rights/Writes. All four books are available in some library systems.

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