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.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Q&A: Interior Health CEO answers questions on COVID-19 response

Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health, answers questions regarding COVID-19

BC Wildfire Service changes training of new firefighter recruits due to COVID-19

‘The BC Wildfire Service will continue to hire staff, including firefighters’

CRD Chair Margo Wagner advises Cariboo to avoid self-isolating in recreational properties

This will help avoid potentially overtaxing local healthcare services

B.C. couple celebrates 61st anniversary through seniors’ home window

Frank and Rena Phillips marked occasion at Nanaimo Seniors Village this week while social distancing

A look at some of the B.C. inventors creating life-saving tools in fight against COVID-19

Groups across B.C. are working together to create what they hope will help people affected by the pandemic

Association launches French-language games, online tools for families learning at home

Games, culture and vocabulary included in new virtual resources

‘There can be no ambiguity’: Travellers brought home to B.C. must self-isolate

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the mandatory isolation must be abided by

Interior Health confirms five additional cases in Okanagan COVID-19 outbreak

The total amount of confirmed cases at Bylands Nurseries Ltd. is 19; no further cases expected

55+ BC Games cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

Greater Victoria set to host 2021 event

BC Hydro offers three-month bill ‘holiday’ for those affected by COVID-19

Industrial customers can defer half of their power bills

Some April Fool’s Day jokes bring much-needed laughter; others tone deaf to COVID-19

Police are warning the public not to use the ongoing pandemic as a punchline

Canada’s 75% wage subsidy is coming, but not for several weeks: finance minister

Subsidy will cost Canada $71 billion, but push down cost of emergency benefit, Morneau said

Most Read