With a heatwave hitting the Comox Valley this week, a beer on a patio sounds like a great idea.

Knowing that each beer purchased raises money for the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation (CVHF) makes it even better.

The Church St. Taphouse is offering a donation of $1 from every pint of their new, locally made house beer, Home Buoy Honey Ale to the CVHF, every day from June 21-27. Always supportive, playful, and up for a challenge, Mackenzie Gartside is matching the Taphouse’s $1 donation to elevate this opportunity for local healthcare so that $2 per pint goes to the cause.

According to Chris Morrison, Taphouse co-owner and manager, this new beer has been a team effort right from the start: crafted by Ace Brewing, made with local honey, aptly named through a staff competition by Gwen Elder, and beautifully labelled by artist, Ian Adams.

Morrison and the team at the Taphouse believe in supporting the community and are happy to be raising funds toward healthcare that everyone in the Comox Valley benefits from.

Mackenzie Gartside and Associates quickly jumped on board to help. Supporting healthcare is a long-term commitment for Gartside, rooted in her love for her daughter, who lives with unique medical needs.

“At the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation, we are so deeply appreciative of how members of our community and businesses support the best possible care, close to home,” said CVHF executive director, Jessica Aldred. We are excited to be working with the Church St. Taphouse and Mackenzie Gartside and Associates and want to provide our gratitude to them and to everyone who seizes this fun opportunity to support healthcare.”

The CVHF raises funds for acute care at the hospital, community healthcare and long-term care. In addition to the charity tap happening this week, its Work Hard Play Hard 50/50 is raising funds for equipment at the hospital and underway until July 24. For more information, visit cvhealthcarefoundation.com/raffle/.

This week’s forecast calls for sunny days and Home Buoy pints! See you at the Taphouse!

Originally published in the Comox Valley Record.