Benson Oil Plus in Castlegar hosted the Selkirk Lions Club’s annual “Pump for the Kids” fundraiser on Saturday.
Two cents from every litre sold that day will be donated to the B.C. Lions Society for Children with Disabilities, and Easter Seals House in Vancouver.
The Lion’s Club also had a hot dog sale and a raffle at the station.
“We’re sitting at about $1,150. So that’s pretty good,” said Joanne Baker, secretary of the club and Kootenay ambassador for Timmy’s Telethon. “It wasn’t overly busy, but it was steady and that was good.” There were 240 bed nights this past year used by Castlegar families attending Easter Seals House in Vancouver.
“It’s very close to Children’s Hospital and it’s very convenient for the families,” said Harris.
The money also goes towards three Easter Seal camps.
“There are three of those in B.C.,” she said. “It costs about $2,400 for a child to go to camp for a week. That is free to the family. These sort of events pay for those kind of things.”
Five kids from the Castlegar area attended Camp Winfield near Kelowna this past summer.
“It’s really a cool camp,” said Harris. “I’ve only been once, I went to an open house. It was really interesting to watch the kids because they do the same things that other kids do. They just have a great time.”
Harris talks about watching one young boy in a wheelchair getting the chance to climb a climbing wall.
“That was my ‘gotcha’ moment,” she said. “They had put him in a harness and he had gone up the climbing wall. About a half hour later we went back and he was at the top. He was so happy, he didn’t want to come down.”