Upcoming market, promo day will raise important funds for hospital

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An upcoming community sidewalk sale of sorts to be held throughout the will raise important funds and awareness for the Kateri Memorial Hospital Foundation and the hospital facility itself. It will also be a fun way for many community members to discover new local businesses, products, services and have a little bit of fun at the same time, an organizer said, but the event, called the Summer Market, must add a few more retailers in coming days in order to have the hoped-for impact.

Local entrepreneurs and community members overburdened with household goods they no longer have use for are all welcome and invited to register for the weekend sale, slated for July 17-18, organizer Holden McComber said.

“We are at about 10 (businesses and community members) registered and we are hoping for 20 to 25,” McComber, the KMF assistant event co-ordinator. said.

Turtle Island Crafts and Lauren’s Cupcakes are among the businesses already signed on to the event, which will take place throughout the community.

An event map with a listing of all vendors signed up will be available on a pre-sale promotional day next Friday at Karonhianonhnha School from 8 p.m. to 3 p.m. KMF organizers will be on site selling raffle tickets and giving out information, as well as serving free BBQ snacks and treats from 11 to 3 p.m. Free-will donations will be accepted.

“We know a lot of local businesses have suffered because of COVID. We know that a lot of craft fairs have been cancelled and there won’t be a Pow-wow this year, so this is chance for the community to get to local businesses a bit better and for those businesses to introduce themselves to the community,” McComber said. “It’s a great opportunity for vendors to open up their shops, publicize their products and to be able to sell to the community.”

Community members who want to host yard sales of their own are invited to register and indicate what kind of items will be for sale on through their Facebook page, via message or through registration forms available at the KMF offices, McComber said. Retailers looking to join in the fun are asked to email McComber directly at kmf.admin@kmhc.ca or call him at 514-617-7933.

The funds collected from the raffle and registration fees are earmarked for the KMHC’s electronic records system project. Organizers have not set a fundraising goal, because of the fledgling nature of the project and the recent end of the pandemic state of emergency, McComber said, but added “the goal this year is to create a critical mass of awareness and acceptance. This is the first time we’ve ever done a project on this scale,” he said.

The KMF Summer Market will be held July 17 and 18 throughout the community. A promo day will be held July 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Karonhianonhnha School. For more information, contact Holden McComber at kmf.admin@kmhc.ca or visit the Kateri Memorial Foundation Facebook page.

Marc Lalonde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Iori:wase

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