Victoria Cool Aid Society | March 2014 - Victoria Cool Aid Society

Prevent Identity Theft and Support Every Step Counts



Thanks to the biggest turnout ever to the Better Business Bureau‘s shredder fundraiser, you raised over $3,000 to help keep Every Step Counts running and walking for another year! Thank you so very much.


As days grow longer and sunnier and fresh breezes herald the newness of spring, our thoughts turn to cleaning and the casting off of clutter. With this in mind, the Better Business Bureau is providing a convenient opportunity to shred your expired, sensitive documents.

Protect your identity and help a worthy cause by participating in “Secure Your ID Day” on Friday April 11 at Tillicum Centre. This secure service is offered for free or by donation, with all proceeds going to Every Step Counts, a fitness program created by Cool Aid and the Victoria Foundation.

As the skies clear, the grass turns a deeper shade of green, and cherry blossoms scatter their delicate petals on the streets of Victoria like so much fragrant confetti, it’s easy to forget that the streets are not always so idyllic for individuals who face identity theft, housing issues, addiction, and mental health challenges.

Every Step Counts lends friendly, non-judgemental support while facilitating fitness activities in a group setting. With the help of volunteers, recruits, and community participants, the group gathers four times each week for stretching, walking, and running for health; the sharing of healthy snacks and a safe, positive community goes even further to foster a sense of belonging, nourishment, and reward.

Visit us at Tillicum Centre on Friday April 11 (in the parking lot outside Old Navy) with up to five boxes or bags of confidential paper documents to shred between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. All individuals and small businesses are welcome. Celebrate spring by decluttering while helping people in need make strides towards wellness—because Every Step Counts!


Community Helps Women in Shelter

March 11, 2014 – The Bottle Depot and 107.3 KOOL FM have each held super fundraisers for Sandy Merriman House, Cool Aid’s emergency shelter for women, in the last month, raising thousands of dollars for vulnerable women.

Thanks to huBottle Depot's Charity Donation Binndreds of thoughtful recyclers in the community, $1,916.85 was raised through the “charity donation bins” in front of Bottle Depot’s three locations. During the month of February, Cool Aid supporters dropped off their beverage containers in the charity bins rather than waiting in line for their refund.

“It is so nice to see local businesses doing something to help end homelessness in our community” said Fiona Hyslop, a long-time supporter of Sandy Merriman House.

Every month, Bottle Depot supports a local charity through these blue and yellow bins, which have raised over $82,000 since they started the project in 2010. “These donations mean we can say ‘yes’ to women who come to us in need of winter coats, bus tickets, toiletries, and other necessities throughout the year” said Christine O’Brien, Shelter Coordinator at Sandy Merriman House.

Charities supported over the years by Bottle Depot and their customers include CFAX Santas Anonymous, Cops for Cancer, Cycle for Hope, and many more. “It’s a great project and we feel lucky to be a part of it” said Kelly Gorman, Operations Manager for Bottle Depot. “If it weren’t for the community being behind it, we wouldn’t have $82,000 to give”.

Bins are accessible 24 hours a day outside all three Greater Victoria locations: 655 Queens Avenue, 4261 Glanford Avenue and 3961 Quadra Street. Check out the charity of the month next time you are dropping off your bottles.

KOOL FM sponsored a s107.3 KOOL FM logoold-out comedy show at local club Hecklers Bar & Grill last month and raised $1,833 thanks to a very happy crowd of supporters. The KOOL Comedy Night featured James Ball & His Funniest Friends with all proceeds supporting Sandy Merriman House for women.

Who says raising money for a good cause has to be hard and can’t be fun?!

Thanks so much to these wonderful businesses and all the people pitching in to make life a little better for women in our emergency shelter.

We wonder what will happen next…