A sweet fundraiser has raised more than $5,000 for Literacy Alberni.
Inspired by the Golden Ticket contest from the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Alberni Valley News launched the Valley Vonka fundraiser back in 2019 with all the proceeds raised benefitting Literacy Alberni’s Raise-A-Reader campaign. The fundraiser was so popular that it was brought back again in 2021.
Coombs Country Candy created 1,000 special chocolate bars. Three of them had a golden ticket.
Ike Dokter discovered the first ticket after purchasing a chocolate bar at Mobius Books. He won a weekend getaway for two to Victoria, including two nights’ accommodation at the Oswego Hotel, passes for the Malahat Skywalk, Victoria Bug Zoo, Miniature World and Royal BC Museum, plus $150 toward travel or dining expenses
Jim Doiron and Wendy Haas discovered the second golden ticket after purchasing the last bar at Coombs Country Candy. They won more than $500 in gift cards for purchases at Alberni Co-op and Buy-Low Foods.
Jensen Warson Castley found the final ticket in a chocolate bar that had been gifted to him. He won a 50-inch, 4K Ultra Hi-Def LED TV from The Brick.
The fundraiser was a success, and Alberni Valley News publisher Teresa Bird presented a cheque to Literacy Alberni Society executive director Lesley Wright for $5,249.20.
The Valley Vonka fundraiser also included a colouring contest. Avery Johnson won the top prize of chocolate and books for a year, courtesy of Coombs Country Candy and Mobius Books. An honourable mention went to Juniper Thompson, who received a basket of goodies and books.