The riders depart from Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The riders depart from Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Generous response for ideal reasons

Childhood cancer a cause that hits home; firefighters’ diligence recognized

Great to see such unwavering support for one cause and the acceleration of another based on recent events.

The willingness of people to help in any way they can with contributions toward childhood cancer shows no signs of waning. The Tour de Rock crew in Chemainus for a warm-up ride ahead of next month’s Cops For Cancer jaunt on the Island drew an enthusiastic crowd to salute the riders and also to chip in by buying food and items at the famous 49th Parallel Grocery garage sale.

Ron Neubauer, area manager for 49th Parallel, hinted Saturday this year’s donation from year-long garage sales at the general store will be even higher than the last two. And that’s saying something because 49th presented a cheque for $34,000 to the Tour de Rock in 2016 and the total ballooned to $45,198.46 last year.

It seems there’s no bounds to the amount citizens will be willing to spend for bargain-basement goods that all adds up to a ton of money.

And this is only one faction of the community devoting funds to the cause. Many other service clubs and organizations are on board and will be presenting those funds along with 49th when the tour cruises through town on Oct. 2.

At the same time as all this goodwill is a sudden burgeoning of appreciation for firefighters. It’s long overdue.

The wildfire scare on Maple Mountain made people realize the importance of our local firefighters. The Chemainus and Crofton departments worked tirelessly on the fire alongside Duncan-area crews to make sure the fire didn’t spread.

Based on what’s been happening all around the province with wildfires, we certainly have a lot to be thankful for that this one didn’t reach the critical stage. From young kids selling cookies to simple expressions of gratitude, it means a lot to the firefighters that their actions were acknowledged.