Just over a month ago, a McLure family started their goal to raise money for Variety Club. Callie Clarke and her family set out to raise $1,000, and as a result launched the “Loonies for Love” campaign.
The campaign began with a contest at Barriere Elementary School where Callie is a student. Students, parents, and staff were invited to guess the amount of chocolate hearts in a very big jar.
The lucky number was 316, and the contest ended with a tie, giving Ally Dunn and Kiera Eustache the jar of chocolates to divide between them.
The school also held a Valentines dance that raised some more money for the campaign, and the Clarke family send a “big thank you to Barriere Elementary”.
Coin drive boxes were also distributed throughout Barriere and McLure businesses, and a webpage was set up so donations could be made on-line. Online donations came from as far away as Alberta from family, friends, and complete strangers who opened their hearts for Callie’s campaign.
“We have been rolling change like crazy,” says Callie’s mom Rhonda Clarke, “There have been donations of coin collections in coffee cans, and zip lock bags with money dropped off at the school. It’s been a lot of work, but lots of fun, and it’s going to benefit so many children.”
Callie and her family say they would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support in making this campaign a huge success. In just a short period of time “Loonies for Love” has raised over $2,200 for Variety Club.
Coin boxes will still be available, and Callie’s webpage will remain open for online donations at www.variety.bc.ca/events (click on Loonies for Love personal web page). Donations can also still be made by contacting Rhonda Clarke at 250-672-9239, or they can be dropped off at Barriere Elementary.
The Clarkes say they are hoping to do other events throughout the year, and they thank everyone for helping raise money for such a great cause.