Mike Black, owner of Capital Iron, was looking for a way to give back during the COVID-19 pandemic when he saw the heart flag printed in an edition of the Times Colonist.
It sparked an idea.
He decided to recreate the design on flags and sell them, with all proceeds going to the Rapid Relief Fund.
“It’s just our chance to do a little bit to help it out,” he said.
The flags sell for $20 and there are 150 available.
Flags can be purchased in person at Capital Iron’s downtown and Langford locations or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rapid Relief Fund, created by the Victoria Foundation, the Jawl family and the Times Colonist, has raised more than $5.4 million to support vulnerable residents of southern Vancouver Island since March 21.
More than $4.1 million in grants has been given out to groups in Greater Victoria and the Cowichan Valley.
Vancity has issued a matching challenge for donations, pledging to double all money received from last Wednesday to Saturday at midnight up to $100,000.
As of 6:30 p.m. Saturday, donations had reached just over 95 per cent of the goal.
More than 14,000 donations have been made to the fund.
“What seems to set this [fund] apart is just the sheer volume of individuals that have contributed,” aid Rob Janus of the Victoria Foundation. “As usual, we kind of punch above our weight. It’s amazing, once again, for Greater Victoria.”
HOW TO DONATE
Tax receipts will be issued. If you are open to receiving your tax receipt by PDF, please include an email address with your donation.
• Online: RapidReliefFund.ca
• Phone: 250-381-5532
• Mail: Send cheques (made out to the Victoria Foundation) to RapidRelief Fund, Victoria Foundation, 200-703 Broughton St., Victoria V8W 1E2
The Rapid Relief Fund was created by the Victoria Foundation, the Jawl Foundation, and the Times Colonist to help people in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. CHEK Television, Coast Outdoor Advertising and Black Press are helping to boost awareness. Every dollar received from donations goes out as grants to the community.
Donations are being distributed through the Victoria Foundation.