By Jensen, Randy on October 13, 2020.
While Lethbridge residents may not be able to trip the light fantastic at the annual Covenant Foundation Harvest Moon Ball this year due to COVID-19, a new online silent auction format will still help raise important funds to enhance the quality of life for local seniors at Covenant Health’s St. Michael’s Health Centre and St. Therese Villa.
“The Harvest Moon Ball has kind of been a pillar event in Lethbridge for 19 years, and of course the pandemic has changed the way we do everything,” explains Covenant Foundation fund development co-ordinator Tonya Woolford.
“And so our actual in-person event was cancelled this year, but we pulled together and decided to do something. At the event there is always an auction, and so we decided to do an auction this year. We have all kinds of cool prizes that have been donated to us, and we’re calling it the Harvest Moon Ball Silent Auction.”
The funds raised in the online silent auction stay in Lethbridge and help pay for things like exercise programs, games, social activities, and general beautification of the grounds and the internal environment for residents.
“It is really important to be able to give back to your own community,” Woolford says. “I think health care is one of the things people have seen the importance of, considering our current situation, and it is really important to support the people in care with those things that can enhance their lives. So please bid.”
One of the activities at St. Therese Villa funded by proceeds from the ball is the wheelchair biking program, explains the Villa’s activity volunteer supervisor Christey-Ann Veldman, to get seniors outside and active. Money has also gone toward creating raised flower beds for residents to enjoy, and an outside visitation area to stay connected with loved ones. This is just the tip of the iceberg, she says, to convey how important receiving funds from the Harvest Moon Ball is to her residents.
“If you can go out and do an activity a couple of times a day, have people visit you, that’s really enhancing to their lives,” she says.
Bidding for the Covenant Foundation Harvest Moon Ball Silent Auction goes live at 6 a.m. today. The auction runs until Oct. 27. Those wanting to take part can register at http://www.givergy.ca/harvestmoonball.
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