The B.C. Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan is reaching out to the public for help after December’s major windstorm resulted in around $100,000 in damage.

The not for profit launched the fundraiser online after some buildings on the property were flattened following the storm, along with an old pickup truck. Other artifacts were also damaged and almost 70 large trees were destroyed.

“We [had] second thoughts about [the fundraiser] at first because we get so much from the community already,” said general manager Chris Gale.

“But a lot of people have said “you should just start a funding campaign to try to raise a little extra money”.”

The costs from the cleanup are expected to add up, as outside help from those such as contractors will be needed.

The damaged also caused them to cancel their Christmas Express fundraiser —eliminating the centre’s three busiest days.

“We had a very large financial hit, that is the one extra fundraiser that helps us run all of next year,” said Gale.

Personal and corporate donations are welcome, but the centre also says the purchase of a membership, a family membership or a membership for your business would help.

The fundraiser can be found here.

The windstorm back in December was the worst since 2006. It resulted in one death and over half-a-million were without power at the peak of the storm.

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