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Halfmoon Happenings: Kids Art Club gets creative

Also, RCMSAR holiday 50/50 raffle under way
Halfmoon Bay

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful week and enjoyed some sunny days. Winter is coming, right? 

Some students from the Halfmoon Bay Elementary School along with volunteers have started an amazing new club at the school! HMB Kids Art Club is a group of about 22 students from Grades 2 to 6 and have been meeting once a week for the past six weeks. Volunteer Sarah Hargrave shared, “The purpose of this club is to give kids more opportunities to create art, and to use that art to make greeting cards that will be sold at local markets and fairs, and to raise money for causes that are meaningful to the kids themselves.” The students are involved in the whole process: creating the art, selecting pieces to use for the cards, putting the boxes of cards together, selling them, and then deciding where the money will go. The students and volunteers are hoping to assemble 200 boxes of cards that are Christmas/winter themed as well as general art and then sell them at upcoming local Christmas markets. Sarah also said, “We are generously supported by the Halfmoon Bay Community Association and the PAC at the school along with an amazing deal from Sechelt Sign & Printing.” Be sure to look for the HMB Kids Art Club at the “Deck the Halls Artisan Fair” at the Senior’s Centre this weekend. Stay tuned as this creative club has more to come. 

Don’t forget, the Halfmoon Bay branch of the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary is holding their Bake and Plant sale on Saturday, Nov. 19 in the Trail Bay Mall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Be sure to stop by, say hello and pick up some awesome goodies! 

The Halfmoon Bay Community Association (HBCA) has launched their holiday fundraising campaign and this year’s theme is “Neighbours Helping Neighbours.” Last year the campaign, “Help For Families” raised over $10,000! Funds were used for the breakfast program at the Halfmoon Bay Elementary School, along with help for families during the year and to support ongoing programs. This year, the donated funds will continue to support the breakfast program, holiday hampers, and local families along with seniors and other community members that may need a little extra help. For more information and how to donate, please visit HBCA website at halfmoon-bay.ca/neighbours-helping-neighbours. All donations are greatly appreciated! 

It’s 2 a.m., the emergency call goes out. Trained volunteers from all walks of life rush out into the freezing wind and darkness to save someone they’ve never met. Volunteers from the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) are there for you. Now is the time to support these incredible volunteers who give so selflessly to help others. “Save Lives on the Water 50/50 Holiday Raffle” tickets available until Tuesday, Nov. 29 and the draw will be on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. Go to ow.ly/NH9T50LtZMg to purchase ticket(s). Funds will go towards training new volunteers in the community, providing children free access to lifejackets, providing critical maintenance for RCMSAR’s Fast Rescue Vessel simulator and so much more. Bravo Zulu to all RCMSAR volunteers!

If you have any ideas for column content or have a community event or story you would like to share, please send ideas and suggestions to cindy.kisser@telus.net. 

Be safe, be gentle, and always be kind. 

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