HOW CAN I MAKE A DONATION?

The Gulf Islands Marine Rescue Society (GIMRS - see below) is a Canada Revenue Agency Registered Charity - 883015596. We provide tax receipts for all donations over $20.

1) donate through Canada Helps:

You can make a one-time donation, monthly donations, and even send a charity gift card! CanadaHelps accepts donations by credit card, including VISA, MasterCard and Amex, and by Visa Debit and Interac Online.

2) Send a cheque payable to “Gulf Islands Marine Rescue Society” to: 

PO Box 702, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1A0

3) Add GIMRS to your Estate Planning:

Consider the Gulf Islands Marine Rescue Society in your estate planning knowing that your bequest will benefit the local community through supporting safety on our local waters and possibly saving lives long into the future.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PROVIDE LIFESAVING Marine SEARCH AND RESCUE SERVICES?

  • $50 pays for a strobe light, which could save the life of a crew-member swept overboard during a night rescue

  • $500 is the price of a “Dave Clark” helmet - enabling radio communication between crew-members as well as protection

  • $400 buys a radio for communication between rescue crews and rescue coordinators

  • $400 pays for a regulation utility vest, which gives a crew-member quick access to personal first aid and safety equipment

  • $1,500 is the price of an all-weather marine survival suit, necessary for our crews in our winter weather

  • $10,000 to replace our state-of-the-art navigation equipment - GPS/chart-plotters and radar - usually every 5 years

  • $50,000 to replace our outboard engines - every 4 years at present usage

  • $400,000+ to replace our SAR vessel - after about 20 years, with a refit after 10 years costing about $200,000

An average search and rescue incident costs about $100/hr in fuel alone, not including equipment wear and tear, the vessel replacement costs nor the purchase and maintenance of of our state-of-the-art navigation, communications and crew support equipment.

We graciously appreciate and accept all donations.

GULF ISLANDS MARINE RESCUE SOCIETY - GIMRS

The Gulf Islands Marine Rescue Society (GIMRS) is a not-for-profit volunteer organization - a registered Canadian charity - whose focus is on supporting Station 25, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR 25).

Our main financial support comes from an annual grant from the BC Gaming Commission, assistance for fuel and insurance from RCM-SAR Pacific Region to partially offset costs of training and SAR taskings; and regular fundraising activities carried out by members (e.g. firewood raffle at the Salt Spring Island Fall Fair, a marine garage sale, etc.).

We also receive funding for specific projects from the Capital Regional District, the Salt Spring Island Foundation, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Harbour Authority of Salt Spring Island, BC Ferries, and many local sponsors/supporters and individual donors.

GIMRS welcomes all kinds of donations and sponsors.  Please contact GIMRS chairperson Brad Grindler (bgrindler@shaw.ca) to discuss potential donations and sponsorship. We look forward to hearing from you.