Events

2nd Annual “Running of the Balls”  Oct 16, 2021

1. Oceanside Rotary’s “Running of the Balls”    Oct 16, 2021

Welcome one and all to the 2nd Annual Running of the Balls. Simply buy a $20 ticket, or 3 for $50, by clicking the link below, or purchase in person at one of our community ticket locations(we’re around), and your ball(s) could roll its way through the course to be one of three winners.

Options for catching the livestream will be posted both here, and on the Facebook event as we get closer to the date. Facebook Event

At 12pm, on October 16th, the balls will be released at an undisclosed location. Bumping their way through obstacles and pitfalls, the balls will rush downhill towards the finish line where the first 3 balls will not only solidify their place in history, but also their purchasers will receive their respective prize for their placing.

Purchase your balls here

In the spirit of supporting our youth, all of our participants are winners, and we very much appreciate your ongoing support of our club’s fundraising projects. The 3 winners will be notified before the end of the day on Oct 17th.

The Rotary Club of Nanaimo Oceanside has proudly contributed to children and youth programs and organizations for over 20 years helping make a difference in the lives of thousands. In order to sustain our history of giving, we are asking you to purchase your individually numbered ball(s) through the purchase of one or more of the limited -ONE THOUSAND balls @ $20 ticket(s).

3 prizes are up for grabs $2000.00 1st prize, $1000.00 2nd prize, and gift cards valued at $150 as 3rd.

Purchase your balls here

Here’s your chance to make a difference. You get to enjoy the spirit of healthy competition as your ball(s) navigate the treacherous downhill terrain, a chance for a prize, and we get the ability to provide funds to community programs and the big winners, the children and youth of Nanaimo.

Thank you for your support.

Your friends at Oceanside Rotary

19th Annual James Bond Gala - Promo

2. Annual “James Bond” Gala.

In the classic style of “James Bond”, this event begins 10 months prior with the selection of a James Bond theme for the event. Hosting to 300 of our closest friends and supporters, and with the help of our wonderful volunteers, we deliver a red carpet evening of extravagance including live entertainment and dancing, an abundance of gourmet cuisine, both Live and Silent Auctions, casino, and the most memorable party of the year. In past years we have raised between $35,000 – $50,000 net proceeds for our community youth needs.

3. Christmas Food & Toy Drive

For 21 years the Rotary Club of Nanaimo Oceanside has hosted the two day Toy Drive event in North Nanaimo neighbourhoods, collecting new toys, non-perishable food items, and cash. This year we changed it up with an afternoon event in the park so families could bring their young children to visit with Santa. There were hotdogs, hot chocolate, and holiday crafts.  We ended the day with a door-to-door collection and a parade consisting of a timeless 40’ float, the Nanaimo volunteer firefighters and fire truck, the Nanaimo Islanders Cheer Squad, Royal Canadian Sea Cadets (136 Amphion) , as well as Rotary vehicles, and volunteers. The parade is highly anticipated in the neighbourhoods that we visit and residents plan their evening to include friends, family, and grandchildren in the event.

Every year we see the need in the community grow, and this year was no different. We supplied gifts and funds to more than 700 children from School District #68, and numerous families benefited from the donation of non-perishable food items.

This year we saw an increase in donations from people in our greater community outside the parade route, with local businesses providing cash sponsorships for gift cards and bus tickets. We are extremely grateful for all of the donations and volunteer assistance. Preparations have already begun for the 2020 Toy Drive — and we anticipate even more community involvement next year. 

Thank you Nanaimo friends for helping us to once again bring joy to our youth in need.

With gratitude, 

Oceanside