G’day and Kia ora, everyone!
We hope you are all doing well and safely navigating the current reality.
For the first time we can remember, there will not be an ANZAC Day commemorative service for members and friends of the DUCW. While it’s the right decision, that doesn’t mean there won’t be an opportunity to commemorate ANZAC Day from the comfort of your own home.
There is a good possibility we will be able to provide you with links to televised replacement events. Our Social Coordinator Judy Powell believes that some commemoration will be put together, with minimal attendance, and if that happens, we will send out the info for you to participate – albeit from a safe distance. The links will be posted here and on Facebook, and emailed to all Club members.
And while Club events are cancelled for now, The Southern Yarn will continue to be distributed. Newsletter Editor Charlie Powell and his mob are working hard to get the April/May issue to your mailboxes and inboxes as soon as practical. Thank you to everyone who is making sure we stay connected as we do what we must to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy.
Although we can’t meet with you in person, we are here for you if you have any questions or thoughts or just want to start a conversation. Who knows. With so many online communication programs available, maybe we’ll have an online meeting of our own at some point. A thought, at least.
Until then, we do wish you and your families well. And while some of you are undoubtedly concerned about what the coming weeks will bring with respect to health, work, and life in general, we are thinking of all our members. If there’s anything we can do or that you need, just reach out and we will try to help.
Executive of the DUCW
Unfortunately, in light of current advisories, we have decided to cancel our afternoon at the High Tea Bakery on Saturday March 21.
The tally to date from our Winnipeg fundraiser for the Australian bushfires on February 22 is more than $18,000.
Financial donations are still coming in, and if you would like to contribute, contact us at email@example.com or (204) 228-9959. All donations $20 or more will get a tax receipt from the Canadian Red Cross, with those monies going directly to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.
And be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates and photos, and special shout outs to our very generous supporters.
On behalf of the people of Australia, thank you to everyone who donated prizes (including from Calgary and down under), attended the event, purchased tickets, and sent in monetary donations.
Way to go, Winnipeg!
Photo: Corinne Napper.
THANK YOU, Winnipeg, for your generous support of our bushfires fundraiser.
We are SOLD OUT, and tickets will NOT be available at the door.
If you would still like to help, we are accepting donations. Any amount is welcome, but donations of $20 or more will get a tax receipt from the Canadian Red Cross for monies sent to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Relief Recovery Fund. To make a donation, contact Peter Debenham at 204-955-0393.
The devastating bushfires in Australia are continuing to take an almost unimaginable toll on that country. At least 34 people have died, livelihoods have been lost, countless native animals and livestock populations have been decimated, and millions of hectares of land have been burned beyond recognition. Continue reading
Thank you to Jacqueline Cassel-Cramer for the idea and the Australian High Commission in Ottawa for this list of some of the main organisations supporting communities impacted by the fires. If you want to make a donation, please click on the link provided and contact these organisations directly:
Tax-deductable donations can NOW also be made through the Canadian Red Cross – https://www.redcross.ca/ or 1-800-418-1111 (donor relations office).