The Abbotsford Rotary Club and Berryhill Foods recently held a Blueberry Blitz event to raise money for local charities. Pictured are Heidi Havery and Tim Phillips from Berryhill. Submitted photo

Blueberry Blitz event raises $5,000 for Abbotsford Rotary Club

Berryhill Foods partners with club to raise money for local charities

The Abbotsford Rotary Club has announced that $5,000 was raised during the recent Blueberry Blitz fundraiser.

The event involved people pre-ordering boxes of fresh blueberries and raspberries from Berryhill Foods, and then picking them up on Jan. 26. Berryhill also donated coffee, donuts and smoothies.

The money raised goes to support local charities.

“To see 100 per cent of all donated dollars going towards important local work that would otherwise not get funding makes a real difference. Next year we hope to do even more,” said Bruce Beck, acting club president.’

Tim and Mike Phillips from Berryhill said they enjoyed hosting the event and are grateful for all the volunteers who helped out and made the day a success.

The Abbotsford Rotary Club has supported and provided funding for numerous projects over the years, including:

– building and funding Rotary House, a preschool for children with special needs;

– paying off the Abbotsford Hospice Society building’s $200,000 mortgage;

– raising $200,000 for the children’s wing of the new Abbotsford Regional Hospital;

– raising $200,000 for the Holmberg House (adult hospice) on the Campus of Care; and

– providing $20,000 annually in scholarships to high school students and UFV students.

The club also started and continues to support the Starfish Backpack Program, which provides elementary school children in need with backpacks filled with food to help them through the weekend.

The program now packs more than 500 backpacks every Friday of the school year.

Visit abbotsfordrotary.com for more information.

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