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Great Canadian Giving Challenge – Help Us Win $10,000!

Get charitable this June! You can help CIS win $10,000 for a playground for our Child Care kids! Visit

What is the Great Canadian Giving Challenge?
It is a national public contest that benefits registered Canadian charities. Every $1 donated in June via enters the charity to win an additional $10,000. Each $1 = 1 Entry to win the $10,000. The big draw is on Canada Day.

The Cowichan Intercultural Society provides licensed child care to newcomer children while their caregivers study English. We’ve got a wonderful interior space, but the kids also need an outdoor playground for active play. Help build a wonderful playground for these deserving kids!

We’re excited to recognize the Laketown Benevolent Society for kicking off this years Giving Challenge with a $1500 donation to our playground fund!

What’s Ramadan All About?

Ramadan – it’s not actually a month of suffering, it’s a month of celebration and community for most of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. It is a time to spend with loved ones in deep contemplation of one’s relationship with God – extra prayer, and increased charity and generosity mark the month when the faithful try to be the kindest, best people they can be.

Fasting is incorporated into the daily rhythm of family, work schedules, and responsibilities during the month of Ramadan. No food or water is taken from sunrise to sunset, and then family and friends break the fast by sharing the evening meal. Children, pregnant and nursing women, travellers, the elderly and the ill, are all excused from fasting.

You may encounter someone in the community who is celebrating Ramadan – a neighbour, the barista making your latte, a shopkeeper, your child’s teacher – you could try a “Happy Ramadan!” or standard Ramadan greeting: “Ramadan kareem” (“have a generous Ramadan”) or “Ramadan mubarak” (“have a blessed Ramadan”).