Christ­mas Spirit comes to Corn­wall

Seaway News - - OPINION | LETTER TO THE EDITOR - NICK SEE­BRUCH ni­cholas.see­[email protected]

All of the 12 days of Christ­mas might be in De­cem­ber, but Corn­wall kicked the Christ­mas sea­son off right with a week­end of char­ity and fun.

The week­end be­gan this past Satur­day with the Santa Claus Break­fast. Terry Muir was an or­ga­nizer of the event and he was also a driv­ing force be­hind the Santa Claus pa­rade that took place later in the day.

Terry told me that this was the big­gest year ever for the Santa Claus Break­fast. I was there, and I think he was right. From the time the event be­gan at 8:30 a.m. on Satur­day morn­ing, un­til the time it ended around 10:30, the sa­lons at the Civic Com­plex were packed par­ents and their kids who en­joyed a de­li­cious ba­con, egg and sausage break­fast and waited in line to meet Santa.

So many peo­ple showed up that through­out the morn­ing the line-up for Santa spanned twothirds of the room.

His­tor­i­cally high turnouts were a theme through­out the day. Later I was at the Santa Street Hockey tour­na­ment or­ga­nized by Robin McIn­tosh and Jeff McCullough, who told me that this year, the sixth year for the tour­na­ment, had seen the most teams and play­ers they ever had.

The Santa Street Hockey tour­na­ment is a great day and a great op­por­tu­nity for kids who might not get a chance to play sports.

Also, you never know what will hap­pen at events like these. This year’s Santa Street Hockey tour­na­ment saw an­other first when nuns from the lo­cal Sale­sien Sis­ters of St. John de Bosco beat Robin and Jeff in a game.

Even that night, at St. Lawrence Sec­ondary School, the Santa Claus Pa­rade saw a huge surge of par­tic­i­pa­tion. There were 57 floats and other en­trants in this year’s pa­rade and de­spite the chilly weather, res­i­dents lined the whole route along Sec­ond St. to see mem­bers of their com­mu­nity cel­e­brate Christ­mas and of course, to see Santa too.

Santa ac­tu­ally had a busy week­end. He was in Corn­wall on Satur­day night, then on Sun­day, he was in North Glen­garry for the Maxville pa­rade.

Week­ends like this show that there is plenty to do in Corn­wall and the Coun­ties and that there is a large amount of com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion, but more im­por­tantly, it shows that there are those will­ing to give time and money to or­ga­nize these great events for the com­mu­nity and also those in need.

Let’s not for­get, that an im­por­tant part of the Christ­mas sea­son is giv­ing, and there were events to sup­port com­mu­nity causes hap­pen­ing this past week­end as well.

Welch LLP turned 100 this year, and to cel­e­brate they held a gala at the Nav Cen­tre. The gala also raised money for Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis. Be­fore the event even started they had raised $8,500 and when all was said and done they had col­lected more than $11,000 to help fight this dis­ease.

Out in the Coun­ties, Roy & Cher’s An­i­mal Res­cue held their sixth an­nual Night of Live Mu­sic for the An­i­mals. Roy & Cher has worked hard to help an­i­mals in need and has taken the ini­tia­tive in help­ing find a so­lu­tion to Corn­wall’s roam­ing cat prob­lem.

If you want to do some­thing truly in the Christ­mas spirit, then get in­volved in your com­mu­nity.

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