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VIDEO: Successful 6th annual bottle drive for Murrayville family

Funds raised benefit Canucks Autism Network
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A 13-year-old Ethan Saran (left) helped out at the sixth annual bottle drive organized by his family for the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) on Saturday, April 6. (Kyler Emerson/Langley Advance Times)

Murrayville’s Saran family held its sixth annual bottle drive to raise funds for the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) on Saturday, April 6.

While the weather forecast wasn’t going to deter their efforts, Sherry Saran said they were still grateful the rain held off.

After only 20 minutes, more than 20 cars had driven through to drop off bags of bottles.

“The reason we do this is because Ethan [my son], who’s on the autism spectrum, excelled very well with the Canucks Autism Network program. And what they do for children and families like us makes a huge difference,” Mom explained.

The one-on-one support that CAN offers has helped children with autism learn new skills, participate in sports such as swimming or hockey, and give them a feeling of inclusion, she said.

“We’ve seen so much success for Ethan throughout the years working with CAN, and they’re so underfunded. So, we felt that, me being a realtor, I had the platform to give it more of an awareness.”

A total of funds raised on Saturday is not yet available. Last year, the Saran family bottle drive brought in a record $8,000, which they matched. To date, they’ve raised close to $40,000 for the cause.

“It’s just amazing how much money [the community] donates, and the bottles. We get families who have recently been diagnosed and come through to talk to us,” she commented.

Saran thanked the community for its continued support, the Township of Langley firefighters who have attended the bottle drive since day one, and Flowers on 240th for donating flowers for the fundraiser.

Tillie Williamson, fundraising specialist for CAN, has personally come out for five of the Saran family fundraisers.

“I wouldn’t miss it… they have raised thousands and thousands of dollars for CAN and our programs, and we hope to continue this partnership with the community for many more years to come,” she told the Langley Advance Times.

Founded in 2008 by Vancouver Canucks co-owners, Paolo and Clara Aquilini, whose son is on the autism spectrum, CAN is a registered charity that provides programs for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, while promoting acceptance and inclusion through community engagement and training initiatives.

It’s estimated that one in 30 children and youth is on the autism spectrum, which means there are more than 26,000 children and youth on the spectrum province-wide.

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Thousands of bottles were donated at the sixth annual Canuck Autism Network bottle drive organized by the Saran family in Murrayville on Saturday, April 6. (Kyler Emerson/Langley Advance Times)
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Thousands of bottles were donated at the sixth annual Canuck Autism Network bottle drive organized by the Saran family in Murrayville on Saturday, April 6. (Kyler Emerson/Langley Advance Times)
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Zaryn, 2, donated bottles with his dad and brother before sitting in a fire truck at the sixth annual Canuck Autism Network bottle drive on Saturday, April 6. (Kyler Emerson/Langley Advance Times)
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Thousands of bottles were donated at the sixth annual Canuck Autism Network bottle drive organized by the Saran family in Murrayville on Saturday, April 6. (Kyler Emerson/Langley Advance Times)


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