2008 Lighted Ship Parade Benefit

Beautifully-decorated, holiday season boat in Victoria Inner HarbourMark Your Calendar! Greater Victoria Harbour Authority’s 19th Annual Lighted Ship Parade is taking place in the Inner Harbour on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 7 pm. The lighted ships will marshal along Ship Point pier and make a slow loop of the Inner  Harbour. Complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and candy canes will be served at Ship Point while 25 artistically decorated ships sail by. A holiday night market with local artisans and entertainment  presenting holiday wares will run from 5 pm – 9 pm at Ship Point Pier. Holiday carolers will help ring in the holiday season, and we are hoping for a visit from a very special jolly old elf.

Donations will be collected for the Victoria Cool Aid Society, who run a variety of programs including supported housing, community health and dental services, emergency shelter, and a casual labour pool for adults who are homeless or in need of help.

Cool Aid is currently looking for gifts of socks, mittens/gloves and hats, towels, blankets, sheets and pillow cases, and warm, waterproof adult jackets in good condition, as well as bus tickets and hygiene products such as shampoo, razors, toothbrushes, deodorants, etc. for shelter and other programs. Grocery store pre-paid cards also make a nice gift. (These gifts can also be tax-deductible.) For more information on donating to help end homelessness visit www.CoolAid.org/donate.