Butterfly Effect a butterfly release fundraiser
The Butterfly Effect is a butterfly release fundraiser for the Alberni Valley Hospice Society.
Our first release was held Saturday, April 30, 2016.
We raised over $11,600!
Our second release was held Saturday, June 17, 2017.
We raised over $7,000!
Our events include kids' activities, live music, food, facepainting, planting the garden, and more!
Our annual butterfly release event celebrates the transformation from one stage of life to another, paying symbolic tribute to the loved ones we have lost.
Each person who buys a butterfly to release will receive an individually packed butterfly, ready to break free and take flight at our mass release location on event day.
We have made the decision to release Painted Lady butterflies, which are indigenous to our region.
It's an amazing experience to be surrounded by hundreds of butterflies.
Be sure to join us at our next release!
Click here to watch a video and read an article by Global about a similar event done by Langley Hospice:
Hundreds of butterflies released in Langley fundraiser
Click here to watch a video about another butterfly release done by the ARCH Hospice in Ontario:
ARCH Hospice Butterfly Release
Why Milkweed Seeds?
Milkweed is a favourite nesting and feeding ground for young caterpillars.
The flowers of the plant provide nectar, which attracts and nourishes the butterflies, and provide them with an ideal place to lay their eggs, allowing you to aide in continuing the survival of these beautiful, important butterflies.
But isn't Milkweed invasive?
We will be planting/supplying seeds for the non-invasive Asclepias tuberosa, also called Butterfly Bush Milkweed, or Orange Milkweed, which is a non-invasive species (not to be confused with invasive species A. speciosa and A. syriaca).
Protecting our community from invasive plant species is important to us, too!
If you have photos of our 2017 event to add, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Special thanks to the photo contributors:
- Gail Koehle
- Bob Neville of the Radio Club
- Rocky Sampson