Greg Pearson, manager of Duncan’s Hope Farm Healing Centre, invites the community to a fundraiser for the centre at Queen’s Cup Cafe on Sept. 29. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Hope Farm Healing Centre to hold fundraiser

There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, specialty coffee, baked sweets

Duncan’s Hope Farm Healing Centre is holding a fundraiser at Queen’s Cup Cafe on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Hope Farm, located on Drinkwater Road, is a ministry of The Mustard Seed Street Church.

The facility offers a restorative Christian farming community for men seeking a life free from addiction.

Farm manager Greg Pearson said there will be hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, specialty coffee, baked sweets, soft drinks and chips at the event, which will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Queen’s Cup Cafe, located at 60 Queens Rd.

“All the money from the fundraiser will be used to support the work at Hope Farm Healing Centre,” Pearson said.

“We rely on donations to operate and this is our first fundraiser like this since I came here eight months ago. We intend to hold a lot more.”

Time for beautiful bulbs, on sale at Dinter Nursery

The Valley’s Dinter Nursery is holding its annual fall bulb sale.

Owner Bernie Dinter said the nursery has a wide range of bulbs that will burst forth in a variety of colours in the spring, including the ever popular daffodils and tulips, as well as snow drops and snow crocuses.

He said it’s also the time of year when garlic should be planted.

“A lot of these plants are put in the ground at this time of year and they will take 16 weeks to set their roots before they begin to bloom in late January and early February,” he said.

“The sale ends on Oct. 1, but we still have a large supply of bulbs for sale.”

Chemainus BIA organizing first ever Pumpkin Spice Run

The inaugural 5K Family Fun Pumpkin Spice Run will take place in Chemainus on Nov. 10.

The event is being coordinated by the Chemainus Business Improvement Association, with all proceeds going to the Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association.

The flat route will take runners along the Trans Canada Trail through the downtown core before finishing at Waterwheel Park.

All are welcome to the big post-race community party in the park where there will be loads of treats, prizes and fun.

“We saw a need to organize a fun run in Chemainus,” said CBIA spokeswoman Shelley Johnstone.

“These active events are a great way to meet new people, promote well being, celebrate our amazing community and give our businesses exposure during the shoulder season.”

The race starts at 10 a.m.

Register online at or pick up registration forms at Beyond the Usual, Chemainus Health Food Store or Impulse Pizza.

Triple O’s raising funds Sept. 28 for KidSport Day

Triple O’s ninth annual KidSport Day fundraiser takes place at 41 participating restaurants, including the chain’s location in Cowichan Commons in Duncan, on Sept. 28.

The province-wide initiative helps financially under-privileged kids learn teamwork skills and build self-confidence through team sports.

Donations cover annual registration fees, and all funds raised go back to kids in the local community.

On KidSport Day, Triple O’s will donate a loonie from the sale of every combo — including breakfast combos — to KidSport chapters across B.C., so support stays in local cities and towns.

Guests can also make donations at Triple O’s restaurants leading up to the big day.

“Triple O’s guests have an impressive track record of teaming up to help kids in need get in the game,” said Triple O’s and White Spot president Warren Erhart.

“On Sept. 28, I encourage everyone to enjoy a Stadium Burger combo or any other combo at a participating Triple O’s. You’ll be doing your part to help keep local kids in the game.”

Since the fundraiser started, Triple O’s has raised $350,000 and helped 875 kids.

This year, Triple O’s is aiming to help 250 local kids in need, and raise more than $100,000.

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