It may have rained on the 2017 Comox Valley Christmas Parade, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Habitat’s volunteers!
Thank you to everyone who helped build, paint, decorate, walk, ride or drive to help make our Christmas Parade entry AMAZING! These combined efforts helped us win $500 cash for Best Non-Profit Entry. (Thank you to Brian McLean Chevrolet for sponsoring this prize category!)
Thanks to our corporate sponsor, Angela Zumbo from The Mortgage Centre. Angela’s cash donation went towards float decorating and construction costs ensure that our entry is outstanding, that hardworking volunteers are fed, and that Habitat comes out a winner!
It took about 70 hours to build the float and another 12 to deconstruct it. Other than a sheet of plywood and a few decor items, it was made entirely of recycled materials from the ReStore.
The construction team was lead by Brian Woods (Build Coordinator) assisted by volunteers Tim Beaton, Doug Goodwin, and Tudor Davies. Thanks to Tom Beshr for setting up the sound system, and Casandra Bradshaw for creating the musical playlist.
The creative concept and decorating team leader was Terri Perrin (Volunteer Manager), assisted by ReStore staffers Nicole Charalambidis and Jim Corsby, as well as future homeowner Tally Bradshaw and youth volunteers Casandra, Autumn, Sebastian, and Siam. Thanks to Janice Hayward for the beautiful photos of our entry.
There were 19 parade participants in all. This included three Habitat employees, two Habitat homeowner moms, nine children and five other volunteers.
The bus and float were then lit up and given an additional use in the Campbell River and Cumberland Big Truck Parades on December 1st and 2nd.
Thank you to everyone who joined in on these great community building experiences!