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More than $1.2-million raised in Whitecaps fundraiser to save Vancouver Aquarium

Last Updated Apr 27, 2020 at 5:25 pm PDT

(Courtesy vanaquashop.org)

Vancouver Whitecaps face mask fundraiser to save the aquarium raises more than $1.2-million

The campaign started Friday and quickly gained traction over the weekend

The Vancouver Aquarium warned it could close in two months without financial support

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Within days of launching, the Vancouver Whitecaps campaign has sold more than $1.2-million in face masks to save the Vancouver Aquarium.

The campaign quickly gained traction over the weekend selling tens of thousands of the masks featuring both aquarium and Whitecaps logos.

People from every province, and almost every territory, bought masks, according to the Whitecaps’ website.

But sales weren’t limited to Canada.  Buyers from Austria, France, Japan, the Netherlands, and the U.K. also ordered masks.

RELATED: Vancouver Aquarium warns it could close permanently

This comes after the aquarium reported losses of $3.3-million a month as a result of the pandemic when it said it could close in two months without financial support. At the time, the aquarium said it needed to secure at least $1-million a month to stay afloat.

The masks are made in the Lower Mainland and are available for adults and children. All proceeds are going to help the troubled aquarium stay afloat.

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More than 25 Whitecaps staff members are also volunteering in the rescue effort, helping reach out to aquarium members, donors, and supporters.

-With files from Lisa Steacy