Saturday night was a special evening for the Ladysmith & District Marine Rescue Society. The non-profit society hosted a lucrative casino night at Aggie Hall, located in town where all proceeds raised at the casino game tables took the organization one step closer to its goal of buying a new rescue vessel.
The Ladysmith & District Marine Rescue Society operates the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 29. The station is based on the outskirts of Ladysmith, a small community on the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
Rescue Station 29 monitors all naval activity around the southern region of the island, and responds to any rescue calls placed around Ladysmith. According to Ladysmith Rescue Society spokespeople, the station is one of the busiest along the BC coast, receiving as many as 3,000 calls since being founded.
However, the current vessel used by Station 29 is one of the oldest ships stationed in BC. The Society required $300,000 to purchase a new vessel, and prior to the casino night this weekend, was $50,000 short of its goal.
The casino night was a Hawaiian themed evening, as it was dubbed ‘Castaway Casino’ at Aggie Hall. Tickets were $30 to attend, and all attendees were eligible to participate in a series of raffles, card games, and other games of chance. The event was sponsored by major Canadian companies including WestJet, which donated two round-trip tickets anywhere as a prize, alongside Quality Foods, which donated a three hour Wine & Dine experience on the original SS Minnow.
Attendees could submit their names into a raffle with aquatic prizes, including a fully outfitted kayak as well as a guided fishing trip.