Rapid Relief Fund reaches $100,000 match; $2.6 million in total

The response to the Rapid Relief Fund for those in need is truly incredible and inspiring. Which is another way of saying that at 9:30 this morning, enough donations came in to match the $100,000 offered by the Times Colonist Christmas Fund.

We announced the $100,000 match on Saturday morning, after the previous match offer — $355,000 from a group of local entrepreneurs and tech industry leaders — was matched in less than three days.

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The first match was supposed to end at midnight tonight. The second match was to end at midnight Monday. So what happened? Both came in well before the first deadline.

Greater Victoria continues to be an amazing place. The generosity in this time of great need, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is yet another sign of the community spirit here.

The fund was started eight days ago, and has already reached $2.6 million. That is far beyond the wildest dreams of the organizers – the Victoria Foundation, the Jawl Foundation, and the Times Colonist.

It’s important to note, yet again, that the fund is designed to put money into the hands of those in need as quickly as possible. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have already been given to charities working directly with the needy.

Another note: Remember that the ranks of the needy have swelled in the past few weeks. Many people who once gave help are now asking for it. It is up to all of us to be there in their time of need.

Thanks to everyone, once again.

Now, on to $3 million. We’re not going to stop as long as there is a need.

HOW TO DONATE

Tax receipts will be issued.

• Online: rapidrelieffund.ca

• Phone: 250-381-5532

• Mail: Send cheques to the Victoria Foundation at #200-703 Broughton St., Victoria, B.C., V8W 1E2

Please ensure cheques are made out to the Victoria Foundation. Note the ‘Rapid Relief Fund’ in the memo line or in a cover letter. If you are open to receiving your tax receipt by PDF, please include an email address with your donation.

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