Wel­come to Kin Cor­ner

Meeting the com­mu­nity’s great­est needs

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY PATSY INKPEN MARYS­TOWN, N.L.

The Marys­town Kinettes are proud to an­nounce that we are of­fi­cially the new sub-chap­ter on the Burin Penin­sula for the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion – NL.

The Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion of Canada is the largest and only all-Cana­dian wish grant­ing char­ity ded­i­cated to grant­ing wishes to Cana­dian chil­dren be­tween the ages of three and 17 who are di­ag­nosed with a life-threat­en­ing ill­ness. We were pleased to hold our first Wish Makers Walk on Oct. 20 in Marys­town, with over $6,000 raised.

Ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Jamie and Deanne Gair of Com­mon Cents Con­sult­ing for a $1,500 do­na­tion and for pro­vid­ing the bar­be­cue and re­fresh­ments. Thanks also went out to Art Cluett for a do­na­tion of over $600, and to all those who par­tic­i­pated in the walk.

Club mem­bers also at­tended the Red Dress Move­ment vigil on Oct. 11 in honor of all miss­ing and mur­dered women and young girls in Canada and espe­cially New­found­land and Labrador. As a women’s group we felt it was im­por­tant to show our sup­port for fam­i­lies in the area who are deal­ing with the loss of their loved ones.

On Oct. 14 we were hosts of the Zone D Club Ed­u­ca­tion Sem­i­nar. Mem­bers gath­ered in Marys­town for a day of Kin learn­ing, shar­ing and re­con­nect­ing. Zone deputy gover­nors Mary Bursey and Roger Cairns, along with their team, con­ducted in­for­ma­tion ses­sions on ser­vice work, mem­ber­ship re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion, as well as Kin Canada’s Na­tional and District pro­grams.

We were very for­tu­nate to have a guest speaker from the area, Krista Foote from Burin Penin­sula Voice Against Vi­o­lence. Foote gave an in­ter­est­ing pre­sen­ta­tion on their work in the com­mu­nity on vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion to cre­ate so­cial change and build stronger, safer com­mu­ni­ties. She stressed the mes­sage that vi­o­lence is a so­ci­ety is­sue not a women’s is­sue, af­fect­ing us all, and we are all re­spon­si­ble for ad­dress­ing vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion.

If you are look­ing for a way to make a dif­fer­ence in your com­mu­nity, E-mail pat_ink@ hot­mail.com or leave a mes­sage in our Face book group Marys­town Kinette Club. New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the KIN or­ga­ni­za­tion visit www. kin­canada.ca.

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Mem­bers of the Marys­town Kinettes at­tend­ing the Red Dress Vigil.

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Jamie Gair presents a do­na­tion of $ 1,500 for the Wish Makers Walk

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Marys­town Kinettes host Kin Canada At­lantic Zone D, Club Ed­u­ca­tion Sem­i­nar.

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Marys­town Kinettes lead the Wish Makers Walk.

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