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One last chance for Morgan Jayne Project Christmas Appeal


    The Morgan Jayne project is focused on bringing Christmas to children in the Roatan, although it looks like their original shipment will not be making its way to the island for the holiday.
    inSide Drumheller brought readers the story of the most recent snag the Christmas Appeal ran into in its November 27 edition. At that time US Homeland Security turned back the shipment of items collected for the Annual Christmas Appeal. This was more than 3,000 pounds of gifts for children and their families in Honduras. The reasoning was that within these boxes there were items such as toothpaste that needed approval from the Food and Drug Administration before they entered the United States.
    The project enlisted the help of a generous group of volunteers from a church in St. Mary’s Ontario. They went through each package and took out what they thought were the offending items.
    When the repacked boxes made their way to the border, they were again turned away.
    This time according to Fred Meacowecki it was because each box, even when being held in bond, which means it is not destined to stay on American soil, need to be itemized and a value give for each item, and a tariff number associated with each piece.
    Makowecki said this is an impossibility as there are estimated 3,000 to 4,000 items in the shipments.
    The other option is to send the items via Canada Post, however this is cost prohibitive.
    “This shipment won’t make it this year for Christmas, it’s too late,” said Makowecki.
    The Annual Christmas appeal distributes presents to the children and families that are served by Familias Saluables, the organization which administers the Morgan Jayne Project, and the users of the organ Jayne Infant Care Centre.
    “The wish list goes far beyond the 100 people at the annual Christmas party,” says Makowecki.
    The Christmas Appeal just doesn’t stop at the doors of the clinic. Volunteers distribute gifts to upwards of 300 more children living on remote islands only accessible by small boats, as well as children living in some of the poorest slums in the western hemisphere.
    There is hope. While this shipment will not be proceeding, Makowecki has found a a way to make sure Christmas happens, however it is going to take a concerted effort.
     He has hatched a plan that for this year he would like to assemble a cash donation to allow volunteers working in the Roatan to head to the mainland to buy the gifts to make Christmas come. He hopes to raise $4,000 to do this.
    There is some cash already collected to support the Christmas Appeal, however he is unsure how much of it will be eaten up by shipping to bring the shipment back to Drumheller, to be sent out at a later date.
    “Now we’re going to Facebook the heck out of it and spread the word,” he said.
    It appears to be working. On Monday shortly before noon he made a post, “We are going to make this work. To get all the boxes back, then out will preclude us from a Christmas delivery. So the plan is to raise $4,000 by the end of the week, send it to the island where they will go to the mainland and buy 400 presents. Our boxes here will be sent out over the next few months as we raise funds. Please help...we can make this happen.”
    By day’s end almost $400 had been pledged by supporters.
    To make a donation to help make Christmas happen for children in Roatan affected by AIDS, donation can be mailed or dropped off at Image Crafter in Drumheller addressed to The Morgan Jayne Project c/o Fred Makowecki, Box 2498, Drumheller Alberta T0J0Y0. He asks that donations have an address attached to send the tax receipt.

Drumheller Institution staff awarded for long-time service


    Two employees from the Drumheller Institution were awarded the Correctional Exemplary Service Medal in Ottawa on Saturday.
    Mike Hanly, warden and Kris Kucher, works assistant, from the Drumheller Institution, were each awarded the 20 years of Correctional Exemplary Service Medal during the 25th Anniversary of the Correctional Exemplary Service Medal Ceremony.
    The medal was created on June 11, 1984 to recognize employees of the Canadian Correctional Service (CSC) who served in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency. Recipients must have completed 20 years of full-time service, not necessarily continuous, with one or more of the correctional services in Canada.
    As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of CSC, the crest has been re-registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority. It has not changed but has had its colours restored to the original pantones and has been once again signed by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.
    The awards take place every year in the community of those being awarded, however to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Correctional Exemplary Service Medal, the ceremony took place on November 23 at the Canadian Aviation Museum in Ottawa.
    “It was a memorable location and a tremendous honour to be part of this,” said Mike Hanly.

Local dancers to greet Olympic Torch



    While there has been some high profile entertainment announced for the Olympic Torch Relay Celebrations,  Drumheller dancers will be able to take the stage and shine.
     For almost a month, 23 dancers from the Carol Todor Dance School have been working on a routine to welcome the torch when it comes through Drumheller on January 16, 2010.
    “The dancers are doing great because they are so keen,” Todor said.
    The dancers are from age 5-20 and will be dancing to I Believe as recorded by Yolanda Adams. The song will be performed live by the DCHS Choir, led by Jillian Augey for the performance.
    Todor, upon hearing the buzz of the torch coming  she enquired to the local organizing committee for the event as to whether they could participate they were given the green light.
    “I thought what if I only get two kids,” she laughs “I was very happy about the turnout.”
    She said the core group of dancers have been dedicated, not missing any practices. The dance will incorporate the red mittens that have become a symbol of the Vancouver 2010 games. Bits and Pieces in Drumheller has donated the fabric, and made tuques for the troupe, and EnCana has supported the dancers to help purchase hoodies for the performance.
    Todor is excited for the performance. She assembled a group to dance to celebrate the winter games in Drumheller. There is even more buzz tis year as  the Olympic  torch will make its way through valley.
    “Whether your an audience member or a figure skater, I think it makes it more close, and more real than just on TV,” she said
    There are still two more dates with three locations to get tickets for those wanting to take in the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration in Drumheller.
    The committee’s first offering of tickets on Saturday, November 28 went like wildfire. The tickets were distributed in short order.
    There are still more chances to pick up tickets.
    This Saturday, December 5 committee members will be at Extra Foods in Drumheller and at the Hanna Mall to distribute tickets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Committee members will also be at Greentree Mall on Saturday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. distributing  tickets.


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