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Our group is composed of members from St.Peter’s Comox, St. John the Divine Courtenay, and other interested folks in our community.

We are excited that we are able to sponsor into Canada from Africa 3 adult relatives of Freweini and Mulugieta: Freweini’s younger sister and Mulugieta’s younger brother and older sister. The diocese is the Sponsorship Agreement Holder and St Peter’s is the Enabling Parish.

We are raising funds to support the settlement of these refugees. It is the responsibility of our group to support each refugee for one year or until they become self-sufficient, which ever comes first. These are 3 separate sponsorships and we estimate we will need about $25,000 per person.

The paperwork for each refugee can only be sent in once we have half of the monies needed, which is $12,500 for each. Once the paperwork is in, it takes about 14 months before they arrive! We expect them to arrive separately as they live in different places. Thus, we are in full fundraising mode!

1) There will be a Fundraising sale of scarves, art cards, heat sacs, and other items at St John the Divine church hall, Courtenay on Sat 18 April from 10 to 2. Tea, coffee and goodies will be available. We are collecting gently used scarves - these donations can be given to Anne Clar, Marj Aitken or left at the church office. Thank you.

2) Financial contributions are gratefully accepted. Donations can be made by cash or cheque made payable to St. Peter’s Comox with Church Street Refugee Fund in the memo line. Donations by post dated cheques are also great as these count towards the total needed before the paperwork can go in. Tax receipts will be issued for amounts over $25.

3) Epicure Fundraising Collections. “Good food deserves to be shared” is one of the mottos of this Canadian company based in Victoria. The mixes help make delicious meals that are free from additives, preservatives or artificial colours. They are non-GMO, gluten free, nut free and Kosher. We are selling 3 different Fundraising Collections, each packaged in an attractive box: Weeknight Dinners: mixes to make 5 different meals. Price $20

Healthier Desserts: mixes to make 3 different chocolate desserts. Price $20

Extraordinary Trio: dip mix blends of herbs of 3 of their best-selling products. Price $25

Taxes, shipping and handling are included in the price.

From these, our sponsorship group will earn 40% of all sales.

Sat 14 March, Sun 15 March, Sat 28 March and Sun 29 March: People from Church Street Refugee Sponsorship Group will be in the church hall following the 5:40p.m.; 8 and 10 a.m. services with samples of these collections and will receive payments by cash or cheques. The product will be available about 2 weeks after 30 March.

Our next sponsorship group meeting is Monday, 30 March at 3:30 p.m. in the Church House

For any additional information, please contact Lynore Harrington, 250-339-7065.