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SHARE Whistler offers opportunity to win Prior skis or snowboard

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Last year Whistlerites donated $9,000 and more than 1,800 hours of volunteer time to local charities through the SHARE Whistler fundraising campaign. This year the challenge is to do even more, and the reward could be a Prior snowboard or pair of skis.

The second edition of

Pique Newsmagazine's SHARE Whistler campaign kicks off next week with a Dec. 5 draw for the Prior gear. To qualify for the draw — the first of five made on consecutive Wednesdays — donate $50 or volunteer five hours with one of the charities listed on the Community Foundation of Whistler's website (whistlerfoundation.com) under the SHARE Whistler tab. Pique will match donations, up to a total of $10,000.

SHARE Whistler is a five-week campaign that encourages community members to donate online to local charities through the Community Foundation of Whistler. Those who can't donate money can donate their time by volunteering with one of the participating charities.

The primary goals of the campaign are to attract new donors and volunteers to support local non-profits; to encourage people 35 and under to get involved in philanthropy and the Whistler community; to provide publicity and exposure for a variety of local charitable causes; and to highlight the CFOW's community fund.

How it works

Donate online through the CFOW website or volunteer with one of the 12 charities listed below. Donations of $50 or more and people who volunteer five hours or more will be eligible for the weekly Prior draw. The draw will be made each Wednesday at 7 a.m., starting Dec. 5 and continuing through Jan. 2. There is a maximum of five entries per person per week for the Prior draws. All qualifying entries (other than the draw winners) will be eligible for successive draws.

Tax receipts can be issued but those entries will not qualify for the Prior draw.

Pique will match donations and volunteer hours up to $10,000. Of this, Pique will donate up to $5,000 to the CFOW's Community Fund, matching donations made to local charities through the CFOW. A $50 donation to WAG will be matched by Pique with a $50 donation to the Community Fund.

The second half of Pique's donation will be up to $5,000 to local charity groups based on volunteer hours. One volunteer hour is valued at $10. If the total number of volunteer hours submitted by all charities exceeds 500, Pique's $5,000 donation will be distributed proportionally.

Why the CFOW?

Pique chose the CFOW because it's an umbrella organization dedicated to improving quality of life by enabling, demonstrating and encouraging philanthropy in Whistler and the Sea to Sky corridor. Twelve charities, covering a range of community programs, have been chosen to receive funds through this year's SHARE Whistler program. They are the Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment, Get Bear Smart Society, Zero Ceiling Society, Whistler Adaptive Sports Program, Whistler Animals Galore, Whistler Arts Council, Whistler Children's Centre Society, Whistler Community Services Society, Whistler Museum and Archives Society, Whistler Public Library, Whistler Search and Rescue Society, Whistler Youth Foundation.

The CFOW's Community Fund makes grants to local charities to support specific projects that benefit the community. The grants are made possible by the interest generated from the funds invested, and the larger the Community Fund becomes the more grants can be made.

Why donate?

You are part of the community; you can make a difference for others in the community. And you could win a Prior snowboard or pair of skis. Hint: enter this first week to be included in all the draws. The deadline is 7 a.m. each Wednesday.

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