St. Andrews Presbyterian Church holds fundraisers in support of schools in Haiti

FERGUS – A craft fair will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church here on Nov. 25 to raise money for four schools and around 2,000 children and their teachers in the Cap-Haitien area of Haiti.

This is the first time the church will be holding the craft fair, which will include about 20 vendors. 

The church is also wheel chair accessible for those who need it.

“We’ll also have a silent auction section and a big sale,” said Krista Hall.

All silent auction items will be donated by either individuals or businesses in the community.

“People have been really generous,” Hall added.

Running the show will be Rika Grasman of the Haiti committee who stated in an email to the Advertiser everyone on the committee tries to do their part to organize an event.

“[Rika] is a crafter and she’s participated in a lot of the local craft fairs,” said Hall.

For more information on the craft fair, call the church at 519-843-3565.

Previous fundraisers

On Oct. 14, the Haitians Educated and Ready to Serve (HEARTS) mission held its 21st annual 5km Fun Run/Walk at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, also in support of the Cap-Haitien area in Haiti.

This year 47 runners and eight walkers raised $10,144 with donations still coming in.

The congregation of St. Andrew’s has supported missions in Haiti for over 30 years through various ways, and since 2016, HEARTS has supported the four schools it still supports now.

“Last year we sent just over $54,000, divided amongst the four schools,” said Hall.

The top fundraiser of the day was a youth, Caitlyn Rogerson, who raised $1,020.

The top three runners of the day were all youth aged 12 to 15: Yared Morten, 20 minutes, 11 seconds; Kennedy Wyga 20:22; and Desmond Neerhof  20:23.