Harbour-Egmont Highlights: In honor of Betty White, donate to animal rescue organizations on January 17

January 17 would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday

Thank you to everyone who joined in the search for little Sakinaw cub. There are amazing humans on our coast protecting and saving wildlife 24/7 who conducted the research.

Sad to know that our area is still a hotspot for animal abuse – for years. I know this from having served on the community board of the BCSPCA. In some people’s minds, it’s still the lawless Wild West. Not so long ago, pet rabbits were dumped during the cold spell in downtown Madeira Park. A single example that has been made public. Most are not. Many people have spent days and nights searching for and rescuing most of these sweet souls. They were cared for by our BCSPCA and adopted into loving, forever homes. They could have been brought to the BCSPCA in the first place. No animal deserves to be abandoned. Wildlife in distress deserves help.

My inspiration for this column is Betty White. Like many of you who have read my column for years and those who know me, animal advocacy is my middle name. January 17 would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday and is Betty White Challenge Day. I know she will be watching from above. Donate $5 (or more) to one of the non-profit animal rescue organizations such as Sunshine Coast BCSPCA, Kitchensink Farm and Sanctuary, Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Sunshine Coast Bear Alliance, to save name a few.

A treasure in the harbor is the Pender Harbor Reading Center and the Sunshine Credit Union knows it. They generously donated $2,000 to the Reading Center to pay for all 2022 memberships. What a fabulous giveaway, our memberships are free this year! Please note that the center will be closed on Friday January 14 as the access ramp is being finished. In addition, during opening hours, one person at a time will be allowed in the center. Thank you to all the lovely, helpful and hardworking volunteers. You make our visits to the center more pleasant.

Have you purchased your Rotary 50/50 tickets? Buying tickets is a win-win for you and the community. Proceeds from January and February will go to care for our Pender Harbor Community Hall. Buy your lucky tickets at penderharbourrotary.rafflenexus.com or Google “Pender Harbor Rotary Raffle” or visit their Facebook page.

Contact me if you need more information about donating to the Betty White Challenge and anytime with your news at [email protected] for the Coast Reporter.