Kinsman Club thriving despite COVID

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Witless Bay and Area Kinsman Club president Adam Carey says that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the club has still been busy trying to raise funds and help the community.

Much of the challenge faced by the club was in trying to adapt activities to the provincial COVID-19 guidelines when it came to gatherings and social distancing, rather than cancel them outright. The club, for example, went ahead with the annual Santa Claus Parade, albeit in a modified fashion.

“We decided to go ahead with our Christmas Parade this year. It was a little different, because we wanted people to social distance and we didn’t want to break any of the rules,” said Carey. Floats were limited and the parade ventured down through Bauline, Burnt Cove, Tor’s Cove, and Bay Bulls, so as to avoid a crowd gathering in one location and so that folks could watch from their homes.

“It was probably one of the nicest things we could have done for the community. It was nice for the kids and brightened the mood a little bit, since everyone’s been stuck in their house for a few months,” said Carey.

Apart from the parade, the club was able to hand out free cod in August and back in May, and hosted a month-long community clean up challenge, encouraging folks to get out and clean up their community, among other activities.

Perhaps one of the biggest blows to the club was having to cancel the annual Puffin Festival, usually held each summer. Instead, the group tried their hand at hosting a Facebook Auction

“A lot of service groups around (here) have done that, and have done quite well with it,” said Carey. In total, the group brought in $4,200.

“We were looking at maybe $2,000 or $2,500 so we far exceeded our expectations, and I must say, it went over well,” said Carey. “Lots of people in the community were more than willing to donate.”

Like the rest of us, members of the club hope that things will get back to normal in 2021 but are ready for whatever 2021 might bring.

“It’s been a pretty topsy-turvy year,” said Carey. “We’re hoping things will gently go back to normal. But if not, we’ll face the challenges the same as this (past) year.”

Mark Squibb, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shoreline News