NEWS: Iqaluit May 10, 2012 - 3:32 pm

Smell the roses in Iqaluit for a good cause

Agvvik Society selling roses May 11 for Mother's Day-fundraiser


Here’s a way you can help a worthy cause and make mom happy.

On May 11, YWCA Agvvik Nunavut, which operates the Qimaavik women’s shelter in Apex and the women’s homeless shelter in Iqaluit, will take pre-orders for Mother’s Day roses.

You can pay $5 for a single rose or splurge and spend $50 for a dozen. The money will help pay for basic costs that the group can’t cover with the limited funding it receives, said the Agvik executive director, Suny Jacob.

You’ll find the roses on sale between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Frobisher Inn May 12 and May 13. On May 13, roses will be on sale at the Hotel Arctic between 10 a..m and 3 p.m. 

And, as another money-raising activity, the YWCA is also hosting its Ulluriaq Soirée on May 19 at the Frobisher Inn, where there will be auctions, prizes and entertainment. Those tickets are $50.

The 21-bed women’s shelter, which serves women from 13 communities in the Baffin region, is always at over-capacity, Jacob said.

So money raised by the roses and gala evening will go towards covering programming costs such as job coaching and healing workshops, and to help women to find treatment and ways to be expand their skills, she said.

Right now, due to overcrowding, it’s not usual to find a mother sharing a single bed with two or three of her children, Jacobs said.

“They have no way out. The only way out is by providing them with something to move forward, which is housing,”  she said.

That’s something the YWCA wants to change in the future, “one project we are looking in the next couple of years to achieve.”

Along with housing and staff shortages, the shelters only receive more than basic, operational funding, which is why they’re depending on the generosity of people who live Iqaluit to help out, Jacobs said.

To pre-order roses, you can contact Jessica Bell at 975-6044 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).