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Christmas trees help hungry

You can decorate your residence festively -- and help the hungry through the annual Pennies from Heaven campaign. Jensen's Nursery is donating $2 from every Christmas tree sold there and $1 from every wreath and fresh centrepiece sold. As well, it is accepting donations of non-perishable food at its 2550 McGillivray Blvd., garden centre or it will pick up the donation when delivering a Christmas tree. For more information call 204-488-5042 or email


Stress relief

Women who are feeling stressed can learn how to deal with it at a workshop. The Fort Garry Women's Resource Centre is holding a free workshop on Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at its centre at 104-3100 Pembina Hwy. You have to register at 204-477-1123 and the women-only event has childcare available upon request.


Bottoms up for colorectal cancer

A fundraiser to help establish a Centre of Excellence for colorectal cancer is being held months from now, but tickets are expected to go fast. The Bottoms Up! evening on April 23, will feature entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, and martinis. Tickets are $150 apiece or $175 for a patron. There are also sponsorship opportunities available. For information call 204-787-1800, outside Winnipeg call 1-877-407-2223, or email


Poinsettias help palliative care

If you're quick, you can get a poinsettia for the holidays and help people in palliative care. Hospice and Palliative Care Manitoba is holding its annual fundraiser to raise funds for its volunteer visiting services and a new program, Kids Grieve Too. The last day to put your order in is Monday. Single poinsettias in white, red or pink are $18 apiece, while double ones in red or red and white are $23. You can have them delivered for $3 extra. For more information or to order flowers, call 204-889-8525, Ext. 232, or email


Donation for scholarships

There's an extra $50,000 available for scholarships to the Universite de Saint-Boniface thanks to the BMO Financial Group. Earlier this month, the BMO Financial Group cut a cheque to the university to kick off the educational institution's annual fundraising campaign. The overall campaign goal is $600,000.


Christmas breakfast for arthritis

The 24th annual Christmas Carol breakfast is being held by the Arthritis Society -- Manitoba/Nunavut division on Dec. 7. The breakfast, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., is at the Delta Winnipeg at 350 St. Mary Ave., and features guest speaker Kristen Thiessen who will tell her story of living with rheumatoid arthritis. Tickets are $40, which includes a $25 tax receipt, and can be purchased by calling 204-942-4892 or going to Proceeds will help arthritis research, programs and services.


Hit the trails for children with special needs

Now that snow is on the ground, snowmobilers can not only ride, but help a children with special needs. The 10th annual Ride for Rehab, Feb. 3 to 8, will see snowmobilers spend four days on trails at Giant's Ridge in Biwabik, Minnesota, raising money for the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation. Registration is $600, which includes lodging and meals, while each rider is also asked to collect an additional $250 in pledges. The event is limited to 80 riders. For more information, contact Adell at 204-477-4587 or email


More than soup

You can buy a cook book and help people battling cancer. The More Than Soup cookbook can be purchased at McNally Robinson Booksellers or online at for $19.95. Proceeds will go to fund the soup cart, which CancerCare Manitoba uses to provide soup for people in the chemotherapy and waiting rooms at Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface General Hospital, and the Sherbrook Cancer Centre.


Win a coat, help the environment

With the snow and cold around, a warm winter coat is a must. And if you act fast you could have a chance of winning a Canada Goose Winter Jacket with a $10 or more donation to the Sierra Club Canada, an organization which raises environmental awareness. Anyone who donates $10 or more and 'likes' the Expedition Shoppe in Ottawa will be entered in the Dec. 1 draw. The jacket is valued at up to $800 and the winner gets to choose the style they want. You can donate online at or send a cheque to Sierra Club Canada, 412-1 Nicholas St., Ottawa, ON, K1N 7B7.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 24, 2012 B4

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