Fundraising dinner/auction for the Duits a resounding success

Community news happening around the Deka Lake area of the South Cariboo

Deka Lake & District Volunteer Fire Department firefighter

Interlakes’ Aug. 26 fundraising dinner/auction for the Duits family members, who lost their home in a July 30 fire, was a resounding success.

Some 60 items were donated to the auction and fetched $2,438.50.

Dinner was served to 85 adults and “hordes of children,” and netted another $1,700 net, thanks to two generous community members who donated the food.

In addition, the Duits children each received a quilt, one donated by Cariboo Calico Quilters from 100 Mile House, and five by Log Cabin Quilters.

Mother Alice Duits told me the children happily slept under their quilts that very night.

Then there were the envelopes of cash that people left, or gave directly to the Duits who were present.

All in all, Alice emotionally informed me, they received $6,168.50, and she called to specifically ask me to voice their deepest thanks to the entire community.

Raffle drawn

At its annual general meeting on Aug. 25, Interlakes Volunteer Fire Department Society’s annual raffle was drawn, with the following winners:

Quilt, donated by Log Cabin Quilters, Jessica Rucker, Gateway; birdhouse from Gordon Smith, Phoebe Madinsky, Deka; hand-tied fish flies from Doug Townsend, “Valdy,” Lac des Roches; gift certificate from The Country Pedlar, Marla Beblaw, 140 Mile; and handmade “fish” crib board from Reg Davis, Barb Gorman, Kamloops.

The meeting confirmed the following executive members: leader Hazel Smith (250-593-0166), secretary Angie DeBruyn, treasurer Gyl Connaty, and directors Dorothy Townsend, Helen Versluis and Doreen Wishart.

Help wanted

Interlakes Community Centre Society requires a permanent part-time “Girl Friday,” for 16-20 hours per week. Applicants must live in the Interlakes area. Check the notice boards or call this writer for specific detailed information. Application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 15.


On Sept. 12, congratulations go to Pam and Doug Canty for their 47th wedding anniversary.


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