Fundraiser to provide positive programming for youth at risk

Punky Lake Wilderness Camp and the CDC want to provide more positive programming for youth at risk.

Punky Lake Wilderness Camp and the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre want to provide more positive programming for youth at risk

On Saturday, June 25, the two organizations are teaming up to host a Bids to Help Kids fundraiser at Signal Point Gaming Centre in the Pioneer Room with both a silent and live auction.

“After the violent incidents in Williams Lake I kept hearing from people asking what they could do to help,” said Punky Lake Wilderness Society executive director Sarah Jackman of the incentive to do the fundraiser. “The CDC and ourselves get funding for the programs we offer, but it would be great to offer even more.”

Jackman regularly receives items from the  work-to-give program where inmates make furniture, toys and other items for distribution to people in need and has selected some of them for auctioning.

“Most of the art auction is coming from the  program, a lot of the offenders in the program are very talented artistically so I’ve been pulling aside pieces that have some beautiful artwork on them with the idea of doing a fundraiser some time in the future,” she said.

Community businesses have also donated silent auction items, she added.

Tickets are $25 and if bought in advance, the buyers will be entered to win a door prize.

There 100 tickets total, available at the CDC or the Tsilhqot’in National Government office.

A safe ride home is available by donation.