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GIVING BACK: Port Alberni Rotary club’s Salmon Derby raffle goes online

10,000 tickets available in 50/50 draw that raises funds to give back to community
The 2022 winner of the Rotary 50/50 Salmon Derby Raffle was Jerry Joe. This year tickets for the raffle are online. (PHOTO COURTESY ROTARY CLUB OF PORT ALBERNI)

The annual Rotary Salmon Derby 50/50 Raffle is back! Tickets went on sale March 1 and are available at our new online portal until Labour Day weekend.

The Rotary Club of Port Alberni has been holding the raffle for decades, to raise money to support youth and families in the community. Over the years thousands of dollars in bursaries have been awarded to aspiring students, and thousands more donated to breakfast clubs, school activities, literacy initiatives, and more.

During the pandemic, the $10,000 raffle became a 50/50 draw and each year, thanks to the generosity of this community, we have sold out and awarded a cash prize of $10,000 or more. The 50/50 draw continues for 2024 but it has moved online for the first time.

Scan the QR code in our ad on the March 27 Giving Back feature page or go online to to quickly secure your tickets. The price is still the same, $5 a ticket, but online we can sell more than twice as many tickets meaning a much larger prize potential for the winner! And we are selling earlier and longer, so you can keep buying tickets from now until Labour Day. There are 10,000 tickets available and if we sell out, that is potentially a $25,000 prize for the winner!

Just because tickets are being sold online, doesn’t mean you won’t see Rotarians around town or at events selling them, online and assisting those who aren’t digitally savvy. If you want a ticket, Rotarians will make sure you get one! For questions or assistance purchasing your tickets, contact Dewayne Parfitt at 250 731-6555 or email

The Rotary Club of Port Alberni has been serving the community for more than 85 years, contributing to education, recreation, events and more.

Want to know more about Rotary and how we contribute to the community? Check us out on Facebook (just search Rotary Club of Port Alberni) or email