Fundraising calendar features Port Mouton fishermen

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Six fishermen from the Port Mouton area are splashed across the pages of a 2022 calendar produced as a fundraiser for the Summerville and Milton Christian Churches and their youth groups.

Mary Dahr, a member of the Summerville Church, photographed the fishermen for the calendar that is centred around the theme of “Saltwater Heroes.”

Although the main reason for the calendar is to raise funds, according to Dahr there’s a further focus.

“I also feel like the fishermen in the area need to be documented, because they are here today gone tomorrow. In 10 years, people will ask who was fishing in the area 10 years ago,” she said. “The gentleman that took me out has fished for 53 years, and four have been fishing for more than 40 years. It’s just kind of nice to showcase the fishermen in our area.”

Each fisherman is highlighted over two pages amid a collage of photos. The names of the fishermen were not published with their photos due to privacy reasons, said Dahr.

She was able to go out with a fisherman during dumping day last year, where she captured many of her photos.

The calendar is 21.59 centimetres by 27.94 centimetres when folded. Unfolded it measures 27.94 cm by 43.2 cm. A total of 1,500 copies of the calendar have been produced.

Selling for $5 each, the calendars can be found at several locations around Liverpool and area. It can also be shipped for an additional cost by contacting Dahr at 902-803-0084.

Minister Russell Prime, who worked with Dahr on the project, said the money will go to support operating expenses for the churches, and for community outreach projects such as the food bank.

The churches also support two youth groups that host summer day camps. Additionally, if health protocols allow it, some of the youth will travel to events and camps over the year. If the pandemic prevents them from travelling, they will be encouraged to use their funds to help support local and global relief projects and ministries.

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin