Begorrah, CWL St. Patrick’s Day Bazaar and Tea a hit


 There’s an old saying that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. 

Judging by the number of people who came out to support the Catholic Women’s League St. Patrick’s Day Tea and Bazaar, held at the Morrisburg Legion on Saturday, March 16, the saying is true. 

“We’ve been running this event for many, many years,” said Trudi McGinn, president of the St. Mary-St. Cecilia’s CWL. “I can actually recall my dad helping out.”

The Legion hall was decorated in shamrocks and leprechauns, and set just the right mood for the fund raiser. There were crafts, spring plants, jams and jellies and baked goods (“They go fast,” Trudi McGinn laughed) for visitors to purchase. The CWL also sold tickets on a beautiful wall hanging, and a number of door prizes, donated by local businesses, went home with some lucky ticket holders.

“This bazaar is a major event in our community and people look forward to it,” McGinn explained. 

“All the funds we raise go to support area charities such as the Food Bank and the Christmas Exchange. We also support a family in India. 

This year, the CWL decided to make a donation to St. Joe’s student, Zack MacMillan, who travelled with a school group to the Dominican Republic over March break to help build two homes for needy people.”

The lottery tickets sold help provide three academic bursaries at Seaway District High School, St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s.

The CWL has around 80 members and a large number were working at the bazaar assisting with the delicious lunch visitors could enjoy after they shopped. 

“We also have six or seven students out to help us again this year,” McGinn said. 

“And our Knights of Columbus were also here today, selling bright red shoe laces. Those funds go to the Special Olympics.”

Organizers of the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Bazaar and Tea hope to realize $2,500 from the event.

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