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NEWS: Iqaluit December 04, 2012 - 3:10 pm

CBC plans Dec. 7 open house fundraiser, food drive at Iqaluit station

The theme of the event: “sharing the spirit of giving"

SAMANTHA DAWSON

If you live in Iqaluit, here’s a way you can help make the holidays more merry for those in need.

On Friday, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m to 10 a.m, CBC North will host an open house and fundraiser at its Iqaluit station where you can can donate non-perishable food items to the Nunavut Food Bank or much-needed dollars for Iqaluit’s soup kitchen.

At the same time, you can enjoy entertainment from local talent such as the Trade-Offs, the Road to Nowhere Band, Jamal Shirley, and the Joamie School choir, which will be broadcast live across Nunavut, CBC broadcaster Joanna Awa said.

You can stop by for a cup of coffee or tea and sample baked goods — and meet the hosts of the event, Abraham Tagalik and Sara Minogue.

The theme of the event: “sharing the spirit of giving.”

And everyone at the CBC station in Iqaluit wants to give something special “especially to those that really need it this time of the year,” Awa said.

“We just want [people] to enjoy, come in, have a little visit, if they want to stay and listen to the musicians. That’s great and if they just have time to drop off their donations that’s wonderful too,” she said.

The idea for such an event was inspired by similar events Awa has attended at CBC stations in Toronto and Winnipeg. 

“I sort of thought that it was an opportune time for CBC North Nunavut to be able to do a similar thing,” she said.

You are welcome to bring in canned foods, dry food, flour, baking powder and soup mixes to the food drive.

If you want to donate food or give money to the soup kitchen and can’t make it the event you can contact Awa at the CBC station to set up another arrangement.

There’s no set goal for the fundraiser “we’ll just take in whatever the public is able to give us,” Awa said.

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