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News Release - April 6, 2016

YQQ Volunteers celebrate National Volunteer Week with barbeque fundraiser
All funds raised will be donated to Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

The Comox Valley Airport will be hosting a special volunteer recognition and fundraising barbeque at the Comox Valley Airport from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13. All profits will be donated to Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island to help children with disabilities and health challenges. The Comox Valley Airport Commission will be matching all donations to double the impact of the event.

The barbeque will be hosted by the Comox Valley Airport and On the Fly Café. Members of the public are invited to join YQQ's volunteers for a burger, pop and chips for $6.00. With food purchase, or a donation, guests can enter a free draw to win a beautiful handcrafted garden bench and other great prizes. The event takes place rain or shine and parking at the airport will be free for guests attending the barbeque.

Date:Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time:11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where:Outside the Comox Valley Airport terminal building
What:A public barbeque and prize draw with proceeds donated to Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

"Most of our volunteers donate their time to more than one service organization in the community and this fundraiser is reflective of this group's generous community spirit," said Comox Valley Airport CEO, Fred Bigelow.

"The Children's health Foundation of Vancouver Island is thrilled to receive funds raised through the Comox Valley Airport National Volunteer Week BBQ. We deeply value our community partners and want you to know that every dollar raised will go right back into helping children with disabilities and health issues reach their full potential in the Courtenay/Comox region," said Diane Lloyd, Interim CEO, Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

About the Comox Valley Airport's Volunteer Program

The Comox Valley Airport is celebrating its 51 volunteers during National Volunteer Week, which takes place from April 10 to 16 this year. YQQ's volunteer program attracts individuals with a broad range of experience and skills. Each volunteer is scheduled for an average of one shift per week, coinciding with peak traffic volumes in the terminal building. Volunteers play a key role in shaping a passenger's first perception of the airport. They are stationed throughout the terminal to assist with both arriving and departing guests.

About Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island believes that children with disabilities and health challenges deserve the same opportunities and life chances as other children. The foundation raises money and manages funds to remove barriers and create opportunities to ensure children and families have access to the support they need. This is achieved by providing funding and leadership for effective programs, research of emerging best practices, and building partnerships in order to create positive outcomes for kids. For more information, please visit www.childrenshealthvi.org.

Media Contact:

Christianne Wile
Comox Valley Airport
250-890-0829 ext. 253

Lenore Kennedy
Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
Phone: 250-519-6977
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