The Rotary Club of Summerland still has flags and flagpoles available for sale. (Linda Van Alphen, Rotary Club of Summerland)

Canada flags still available to help Summerland Rotary Club raise funds

Rotarians install the flagpoles and flags for $50

“With the outpouring that we’ve had of Canadian solidarity across the country with COVID-19, this was a good year for us to celebrate Canada and do this.”

That’s according to the Rotary Club of Summerland executive member Nancy Wilson.

The club has been selling and installing Canada flags, flagpoles and short poles during holidays throughout the summer for $50. Wilson said they still have a few left, which residents can buy in time for B.C. Day, as well as the Labour Day weekend.

She said the idea for the project came up when they were thinking about ways on how to raise funds.

“We came up with the idea thinking of ways to help our community here in Summerland,” she said.

“This is a project that others have done and we thought we’d give it a shot.”

She said Rotarians have gone to homes to install the flag and the poles on people’s yards, balconies and patios in time for a summer holiday. They installed flags for the May long weekend as well as Canada Day, then took them down once the holiday weekend was over.

So far, they’ve installed 29 flags. Wilson added the pandemic hasn’t affected the project and that residents don’t have to worry about Rotarians keeping their distance.

“We don’t go into the homes, so we’re able to keep our distance. We put it up and take it down with the same people to ensure that everyone is safe.”

If you want a flag installed for B.C. Day or the Labour Day weekend, call 250-809-1955 or 250-486-3488.

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