To fundraise during the pandemic, the Gold River Skating Club had a popcorn sale in Gold River. (Submitted photo)

To fundraise during the pandemic, the Gold River Skating Club had a popcorn sale in Gold River. (Submitted photo)

Gold River skate club launches popcorn for ice pandemic-safe fundraiser

The club is looking at innovative ways to meet their annual $8,000 goal

A Vancouver Island skating club is pulling out the big guns to raise funds for their ice rink this year: popcorn.

Gold River skating club has over five to six fundraisers in a year to raise around $8,000 for their ice rink and coaching fees, however, this year with the pandemic on the scene, they opted for a COVID-19 friendly kernel-fundraiser.

Ambyr Kohlman, president of the skate club and the organizer of the fundraiser, said that they ordered nine flavours of pre-packaged kernels.

Within 24-hours community members had already placed orders with her over the phone and social media, said Kohlman, and added, that she dropped off the packaged items outside their doors. Community members then e-transferred funds to the skate club.

“The community”s response was amazing and we’ve had so many people who donated extra money for the cause,” said Kohlman.

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A young Gold River skate club member holds popcorn packets that were distributed to community members. (Submitted photo)

The skating club is open from Oct. to March and this year, with the pandemic, a lot of extra health and safety protocols have been put into place.

“We decided not to enrol really young, new skaters this year as they sometimes required physical help while training,” said Kohlman.

The club will also be organizing a couple of other fundraisers before Christmas.

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