Dine out to support AIDS Vancouver Island

Restaurants contribute 25 per cent of sales on April 25

Reservations at some of Vancouver Island’s top restaurants are filling up fast, in anticipation of “Dining Out For Life” – a fundraising event supporting AIDS Vancouver Island on April 25.

More than 80 restaurants, up and down Vancouver Island, have signed up to donate 25 per cent of their food sales which,  along with donations, are expected to raise more than $40,000 in support of people living with and at-risk for HIV/AIDS on Vancouver Island.

“Many restaurants have told us reservations for April 25 are already coming in, so we are encouraging diners who are hungry for a new restaurant experience, or who want to support their favourite restaurant, to be sure to make reservations” says James Boxshall of AIDS Vancouver Island.

In Campbell River, Fusilli Grill, Royal Coachman Inn and the Salmon Point Restaurant & Pub will donate a quarter of their sales on April 25 .

The full list of participating restaurants is posted at www.diningoutforlife.com/vancouverisland , with many establishments offering breakfast, lunch and dinner in support of the event.

Diners who participate on April 25th will also have an opportunity to win a prize package including a night for two at the Chateau Victoria and a $750 voucher at Expedia Cruiseship centres.

Other prizes will be given away on the event’s Facebook page , for diners who post memorable photos of the event online. Organizers are also using Twitter to promote the event, with the hashtag #DOFLVI.

Donations to AIDS Vancouver Island will also be encouraged, to support the organization’s food and education programs across the Island.

“The support we receive from Dining Out For Life means the world to us and helps us to sustain the work we do, feeding people and educating them to stay HIV free. Every donation counts,” says Katrina Jensen, executive director.

AIDS Vancouver Island provides support and prevention programs across Vancouver Island, with offices in Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay, Campbell River and Port Hardy.