The Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) has been presented with an incredible opportunity thanks to a generous donor who has offered a “magic match’ for the week of October 24th to 31st. Up to $50,000 will be matched, dollar for dollar, from special events and donor drives for the last week of October. That’s $100,000 in forest saving fundraising potential. This week long campaign called “Perseverance Week” is filled with events and initiatives to celebrate the Cumberland Forest community and their efforts to projects the forests, creeks and wetlands surrounding the Village of Cumberland and in the Perseverance Watershed. 
 
Perseverance Week kicks off Thursday October 24th with “Perseverance, Climate and Resilience” a guided walk in the lower Perseverance Watershed to learn more about Project Perseverance and how this project is linked to the Villages coal mining past and future climate resilience. Walk leaves at 330 pm from the Japanese #1 town-site on Comox Lake Road. Walk is by donation.
 
Also kicking off Thursday is an online action featuring art, food, drink and services for local artists and businesses, all in support of this week long fundraising drive. Check out www.cumberlandforest.com for links to the Perseverance Week Auction. Donations still welcome! 
 
Limited tickets are available now for a special Saturday October 26th “Witches in the Woods – The Shadow Path” forest walk complete with dance, poetry and music from the Forest Story Collective. These guided walks through the dark shadows of the forest leave in groups at 630, 730 and 830. Visit the CCFS website or the facebook event for ticket links and don’t wait to buy – this event will sell out.
 
Then on Sunday October 27th all the action is at the Perseverance Trail Run and Perseverance Party in the Park. The whole community is invited to cheer on the runners celebrate at an after run party with friends family and neighbours. Come enjoy live music, craft beer, face painters, fire pits, tasty BBQ, hot apple cider and a kids scavenger hunt all in beautiful #6 Park. 100% proceeds from the Run and the Party support the efforts of the Cumberland Forest community!
 
Charitable donations are an easy way to add your mark to this historic fundraising week. Just visit www.cumberlandforest.com for donor portals or the Cumberland Community Forest Society page on Canadahelps.ca. Or drop off a cheque at the Wandering Moose Cafe in Cumberland with attention to the CCFS. If e-transfer is the easy way to go donate@cumberlandforest.com will get to us! 
 
The CCFS has been purchasing and protecting forests, trails, wetlands and creeks surrounding the Village of Cumberland since the year 2000. In addition to land protection, they coordinate research projects, present educational events and science pubs, co-host the Cumberland Bat Project, engage children and youth in climate action theatre projects and collaborate with conservation organizations from across the Comox Valley. Find out more about this unique community conservation organization by visiting www.cumberlandforest.com or Cumberland Forest on facebook.
Meaghan

Cumberland Community Forest Society