Is­lan­der gives back to the IWK af­ter be­ing a pa­tient him­self 40 years ago

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT/COMMUNITY -

Is­lan­der Mur­ray MacKin­non was a pa­tient at the IWK in the 1970s, and this week­end al­most 40 years later he is giv­ing back in a big way.

The an­nual Prince Ed­ward Is­land Trucker’s Big Rig Show and Shine is set to take place at the Char­lot­te­town Event Grounds on Satur­day, July 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Or­ga­niz­ers say that this event is not only a chance to pro­mote the truck­ing in­dus­try on P.E.I. and an op­por­tu­nity for Is­lan­ders to get up close and per­sonal with the big rigs, it’s also a way to raise funds for the IWK.

Or­ga­niz­ers will be ac­cept­ing do­na­tions at the gate for the IWK.

“Kids love big trucks and truck­ers love help­ing kids,” says MacKin­non, who is or­ga­niz­ing the event.

Those in­ter­ested in en­ter­ing a truck in this year’s event are asked to ar­rive be­fore 8:30 a.m. ($20 en­try fee).

For more in­for­ma­tion about this event, con­tact MacKin­non at 902-388-1874.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how a group can sup­port the IWK, con­tact Lynn Anne Ho­gan at lyn­nanne.ho­gan@iwk.nshealth.ca.

To launch its 2015 Aca­dian Days fes­tiv­i­ties, the Farm­ers' Bank of Rus­tico and Doucet House Mu­se­ums will be col­lab­o­rat­ing with Ren­dez-Vous Rus­tico on July 25-26 on a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties.

On July 25, 11:30 a.m. to noon, the Friends of the Farm­ers' Bank will be ded­i­cat­ing its ar­ti­fact room to the late P. Ed­ward Blan­chard in recog­ni­tion for all the vol­un­teer work that he had done on be­half of the Farm­ers' Bank of Rus­tico and Doucet House Mu­se­ums. Other events in­clude a tra­di­tional Aca­dian meal served by Arnold Smith at the Doucet House, 12-1 p.m., and a scavenger hunt for chil­dren, 2-3 p.m.

On Sun­day, July 26, be­gin­ning at 11:45 a.m., there will be the un­veil­ing of a bench do­nated by the late Anne Gallant Steele, fol­lowed by en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided by Ge­orge and Fan­nie Gallant's (her par­ents) fam­ily. Another scavenger hunt will be held, 2-3 p.m.

Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quested for the Aca­dian tra­di­tional meal, and fees do ap­ply. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 902-963-3168, email farm­ers@pei.aibn.com or go to www.farm­ers­bank.ca. Ad­mis­sion to the mu­seum dur­ing this week­end will be half-price (cash only). The lo­ca­tion at 2188 Church Rd., Route 243, off Route 6 in Rus­tico.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Mur­ray MacKin­non is shown with his 1981 Mar­mon Cabover, his en­try in this year’s show and shine.

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