Kickstart! Trivia Night Extravaganza

Beacon Unitarian raising funds to support refugee family

Do you ever wonder what to do with all that crazy trivial knowledge that languishes unseen and unknown in your brain? Lucky for you, you can bust it out at Kickstart!, a Trivia Night Extravaganza, coming soon, and all for a good cause. The night’s events will help sponsor a Syrian refugee family soon to make their home in New Westminster.

In a few weeks, Nader, his wife, Taghreed, their daughter, Raseen, age 12, and young son Mohammed, age 5, will be heading here from a refugee camp in Jordan. It has been five long years there – the only home the son has ever known. It’s hard to imagine what this family has been through. Their home city was one of the centres of strife, so they were forced to flee. A refugee camp is a life of limbo, of rootlessness and dislocation in every sense of the word.

Kickstart! Trivia Night Extravaganza is a great opportunity for you to make a huge difference to this family who is moving from the other side of the world to start again in our community. Imagine traversing the globe to a new home where the culture, language and way of life are incredibly different to what you know. Giving them a good financial start will give them solid footing to get grounded.

This fund-raiser put on by Beacon Unitarian Church is going to be a fun-filled evening. Twenty-five tables of six to eight people will pit their wits in a friendly competition to enter the winner’s circle. There are prizes galore to win – raffles, door prizes, a 50/50 draw, and a silent auction – individuals and business have been very generous.

The excited anticipation of the family’s arrival in this very small church is palpable. It has been ‘all hands on deck’ to fund and prepare for their arrival and to smooth their transition into life here. An apartment is being furnished and stocked, schools have been approached, translators found, social services identified, this funding event organized, and a whole lot more. We’re also ‘sussing out’ job opportunities for Nader, who is a car painter by trade. Anybody?

Tickets are $25 each ticket and include drink and a burger (beef or veggie) -they’ll be sizzling on the barbecue waiting for you, a volunteer effort by the Lions Club. Bring a little extra money because you’ll want to buy raffle tickets or bid on silent auction items. We have amazing offers, including dinners out, theatre and cinema tickets, a canoe outing, a star-gazing opportunity, a home or landscape design consultation, free yoga studio classes, and more. The big ticket item is a 48 inch Sony TV donated by Key West Ford.

Mark you calendars. It’s Saturday, April 9th at Glenbrook Park Amenities Centre, Jameison Court, New Westminster. Doors open at 5:30. The games begin at 6:30. For tickets, email me: soomillar@gmail.com. You can buy one or two tickets or take a packet of 6 or more to put together a full table of mates. I hope to see you there.

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Susan Millar

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