Do you know what el­der abuse looks like? – Find out

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

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.

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