Rainforest Arts gallery manager Stephanie Allesia. (Photo by Craig Spence)

Rainforest Arts gallery manager Stephanie Allesia. (Photo by Craig Spence)

Campaign underway at Rainforest Arts to benefit Cowichan Women Against Violence

Everyone donating essential items or cash eligible for a draw for artist’s works

Rainforest Arts in downtown Chemainus is running a fundraising campaign to benefit the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society.

The campaign was due to start Friday, Nov. 27 in conjunction with Moonlight Madness. But since the format of Moonlight Madness has changed to run until Christmas, the Rainforest Arts campaign has already started as of Wednesday, Nov. 25 and will continue until December 24, according to Rainforest Arts gallery manager Stephanie Allesia.

Related: Rainforest Arts hires gallery manager

Cowichan Women Against Violence offers safe housing, counselling and programs for women and children affected by abuse. Rainforest is collecting essential items, useful for CWAV clients, and has a donation box at the gallery for cash contributions.

“People who donate items or money to CWAV will be eligible to enter their names in the draw for one of Ray Sapergia’s works,” noted Allesia.

Sapergia is a carver and wood turner, and has generously donated pieces for the draw. Several of his beautiful bowls, plates and vases can be seen in the gallery.

Allesia qualified the essential items that CWAV requests as follows: toiletries (including toothpaste, all sizes of toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, feminine hygiene products, shampoo and conditioner); diapers (all sizes); toilet paper; non-perishable food items (canned and dry goods); new underwear and socks for women, men and children, in all sizes; bus tickets; and food and pharmacy gift cards.

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There will be a draw for some of Ray Sapergia’s wonderful work for donations made to Cowichan Women Against Violence at Rainforest Arts. (Photo submitted)

There will be a draw for some of Ray Sapergia’s wonderful work for donations made to Cowichan Women Against Violence at Rainforest Arts. (Photo submitted)

A sample of a beautiful piece of Ray Sapergia’s work. (Photo submitted)

A sample of a beautiful piece of Ray Sapergia’s work. (Photo submitted)

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