Do you know what elder abuse looks like? – Find out
The able de concerta tion des aines de la M C de Memphremagog (TCAM) is inviting the public to the St. Jean Bosco Church, on Sherbrooke Street, in Magog, for orld Elder buse areness a , this Friday, June 13th, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Elder abuse is either an act or the absence of an act that harms either the physical or mental wellbeing of a senior.
For the third year, the TCAM will encourage an exchange of ideas and will inform participants about how to prevent abuse. Senior support organizations will be there to provide information on available services in the MRC.
Despite the seriousness of the topic, the event should be fun. There will be a story-telling, a skit and a monologue, music and singing, and everything is free! Purple Ribbon Campaign
For the third year, in the Estrie region, 12,000 purple ribbons will be distributed and worn to show solidarity with seniors who are abused. June 15th is the official World Elder Abuse Awareness Day as designated by the World Health Organization.
StansteadUnited Church’s first Pass t n auction was a resounding success, raising around $15,000 for two lucky organizations to share: Border Minor Hockey and e Club ichelieu, a Lac Megantic organization that works with children who lost their parents at the Lac Megantic tragedy, last July, and their adoptive families.
“We had a good group, about two hundred, for the auction. It wasn’t a huge crowd because there were a lot of things going on that day, but they were a ‘buying’ crowd. There were a lot of dealers there from around the Townships,” said a happy Barbara Heath, the co-chair of the Pass t n committee. “We’re very pleased.” Also in the crowd was the president of e Club ichelieu, Yves Gilbert, and his wife.
Dr. Gilles Bouchard donated a painting he had done of the Centenary Church which went for $825. “Dr. Bouchard was quite humbled and shocked that the price went that high,” said Mrs. Heath. Another painting by famous artist Suzor Coté went for over a thousand dollars. The church’s huge 100 person dish set sold in one lot for a little over $600. A tiger oak hutch sold for over $1000 however, the historic and beautiful organ from the Graniteville church only fetched $100. A big playing marble, about three inches across and over seventy-five years old, sold for $140!
“The old cradles sold well and the church chairs sold very well. People were also very happy with their smaller purchases. It was exciting when people were really getting into the bidding. We had a lot of stuff to sell so it was moving quickly,” added Mrs. Heath.
Besides their share of the auction earnings, Border Minor Hockey will get another $500 from the canteen of the day. “Everyone was very happy with the food services. The food was fresh, tasty and inexpensive which made it affordable for families,” said Mrs. Heath about the on-site canteen which was run by volunteer ‘chefs for the day’ Tammy Bishop, Robert Bronson and Barbara Bruhmuller.
“We’re really glad we did the auction. People asked if we would be doing another one and I said: Not tomorrow,” commented Barbara. Even the seasoned auctioneer Larry Wheeler, who thought up the idea initially and volunteered his services and expertise to sell all the items, said when it was all over: “Boy, I’m tired.”
The leftover items, unless they were bought back by their owners for a nominal amount, were donated to the Frontier nimal Societ for their annual Garage Sale, coming up soon.
A ‘buying’ crowd which included a few antique dealers were busy bidding at last Saturday’s Pass It On auction at Stanstead’s Centenary Church which raised around $15,000.