A Headingley father and daughter are devoting their time to a major fundraiser for a Winnipeg home for those with HIV/AIDS.
Kaitlyn Lee, who also volunteers weekly as a grocery shopper for the residents at House of Hesed, has been involved in the annual fundraising dinner theatre for six years.
"It costs about $20,000 to run the house for a month," she said, adding that the goal is to bring in enough money to cover this cost.
Last year about $39,000 was raised, with $130,000 collected during the past five years at sold-out shows. Kaitlyn said, while her family has supported the event in previous years, this is the first time her father, Glenn, is part of the production.
He, Kaitlyn and about a dozen others are performing the comedy Headed South from the Great White North from April 26 to 28 at St. Charles Parish Hall in St. James and from May 3 to 5 in St. Martyrs-Canadiens Hall in St. Boniface.
About 100 volunteers are involved in the annual event, with a three-course meal being served between acts in the play.
Glenn, who works in software support, said this will be the first time he’s been on a public stage since middle school, but he’s up for the challenge.
"This year they had a late opening in the cast, so the opportunity came up," he said.
"It’ll be great for our family," said Kaitlyn.
Tickets are $30 and can be ordered by calling Ron Labbé at 204-885-2817.