Big fundraising weekend in Iqaluit kicks off Oct. 26
"Guess-the-pumpkin weight" and help support school programs
With Halloween coming up Oct. 31, many scary-themed fundraising events are taking place in Iqaluit this weekend.
• Joamie School is inviting parents and their children to a “haunted house” event Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with any money raised going toward programs at the school. A cakewalk, photo booth, loonie sale, and a canteen are also planned.
Different games and activities will be held in the gym; a basketball shoot, guess-the-pumpkin weight, a cotton candy machine, and cup-cake decorating.
Kids who come in costume will be able to take part in a raffle draw.
Money raised at the event is likely to go towards new technology, intramurals, or the school’s breakfast program.
The breakfast program serves cold breakfast each morning to the school’s 230 students from kindergarten to Grade 5.
“It’s a way to make sure kids have something in their belly,” Joamie principal Sonja Lonsdale said.
All of the school’s teachers will be at the haunted house event to help out.
• Also, Oct. 26, at Inuksuk High School, students are holding a “Bingo Friday” to raise money for an academic and cultural trip to China. The maximum amount a person can win is $5,000. The event starts at 7 p.m but doors open at 6 p.m.
• Oct. 27, fundraiser at Tumikuluit Saipaaqivik from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
• Another Halloween fundraiser is “Paws in the Draws” – people may drop by the Astro Theatre between Oct. 26 and 31 to make a $2 donation to the Iqaluit Humane Society.
The money goes towards the humane society’s program to sponsor free spaying and neutering of animals in Iqaluit.
Every $2 donation equals a “paw” in the “draws.” Prizes include movie passes and children’s toys.
The draw will be held Nov. 4 at the Astro Theatre after the matinee.