February full of fundraising efforts for Operation Refugees

Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii is in full swing with five fundraising events planned in February.

Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii is in full swing with five fundraising events planned in February.

The Haida Gwaii Coffee House in January saw a great turnout and with two matching donors the group raised $3,000 from the event.

The four-course dinner the group hosted raised another $1,000 for the sponsorship of Syrian refugees.

“Terrific beginning with a  long way to go,” said Fran Fowler spokesperson for Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii.

A garage sale and loonie-toonie auction is planned for Saturday, February 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds made of the sale will go to Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii.

The day doesn’t end with the garage sale, the group is hosting a Soup and supper and movie night starting at 6 p.m. Hadwin’s Judgement will be shown at the community hall following dinner.

Soup and dessert will be on sale for the first 25 people If you are not into the soup, desserts will be available for a donation. Any last minute donations for the auction or garage sale can be dropped off at the community hall Friday, February 19.

Lawrence of Arabia was planned to be played at the soup supper fundraiser, after considering that four hours on the community hall chairs would be a bit much, Ms. Fowler is now offering to play the movie at private viewings for groups of eight or more people. “we thought the movie might better fit private viewings at homes with a supper, breaks and comfy seats,” Ms. Fowler said.

If you are interested in hosting private viewing of Lawrence of Arabia call Fran at 250-559-4691. “We have the film, the equipment and a least one committed showing. We are happy to arrange screenings for any community.”

Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii is also collecting coins and have coin-collection bottles set up in schools and community events. “Imagine how just a few coins can make a huge difference in someone’s life. Ms. Fowler said.

If you don’t have the coins weighing down your pocket you can make donations directly into their Northern Savings Credit Union account. The account QC-NSCU #7392087 is open for donations. Income tax receipts are available as long as the donor’s address is provided. All donations can be made out to “Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii.” Cheques can be mailed to Box 448, Queen Charlotte, attention: Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii.

For those who wish to use credit cards, an online donation can be made with Chimp Foundation: https://chimp.net/groups/operation-refugees-haida-gwaii. This also allows anyone across Canada to make online donations to Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii.

“We have submitted our request for our family but have not been informed when they will arrive; we know we still have a lot of fundraising to do,” said Ms. Fowler

The group welcomes anyone who has a fundraising idea or willing to help out with the events..