On Saturday, October 8, we raised a record $6500 for civilians in Ukraine in two hours on the Day of Giving. With donations received from the congregation before the Day of Giving and on the Sunday after, plus donations online, we are now topping $9000 to send to PWRDF to aid Ukrainians in need!
This is indeed wonderful generosity shown by members of our congregation and by the people of Qualicum Beach! On the Day of Giving, some came from the Farmer’s Market, where Richard deCandole energetically spread the word; some popped in from the neighbourhood, and were delighted to receive “a free concert” from Simon Burn who played the harp on our doorstep. Friends and relatives mobilized by parishioners dropped by. People enjoyed the coffee and home-baked cookies.
It was truly a group effort and an indication that despite economic woes deepening here in Canada the people of our church and our neighbourhoods are ready to help neighbours in need in Ukraine. Ukrainians are working together to help each other through this difficult time, as we are working together to bring aid and assistance.
The campaign is not over yet. As you know, the shelling of Ukrainian towns and cities is intensifying. Peoples’ homes are blasted, and the windows of large apartment buildings are blown out. Winter is coming. We will continue to collect donations until October 30.
If you wish to contribute, please make your cheque out to PWRDF, with Ukraine-St. Mark’s specified in the memo line. They can be put in the collection plate or handed in to the church office. You will receive a receipt from PWRDF.
For those who want to donate online, you can send your donations to: bit.ly/StMarksPWRDF. Using this online address will help PWRDF identify the funds coming from St. Mark, and we can get a sense of how much we have been able to raise.
--from the Outreach Committee: Simon Burn, Wendy deCandole, Lally Grauer, David Hitchcock, Diane Hutchison