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Loading up on loonies
Fundraiser brings in money for church fund

Emily Ridlington
Northern News Services
Published Tuesday, March 23, 2010

NUNAVUT - Those looking to land a good bargain and support a good cause were in the right place if they went to the Iqaluit Christian Fellowship's loonie and toonie fundraiser on March 20 at Nakasuk School.

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Diane Metuk holds onto the sealskin mittens she hoped to take home with her as she puts her ticket in a plastic bag at the loonie and tooonie fundraiser held on March 20 at Nakasuk School. Funds raised went to Iqaluit Christian Fellowship's church fund. - Emily Ridlington/NNSL photo

Whether you were looking for fabric, a water jug with a filter, a tea pot, a knitted hat, a model car, a parka, an ulu or a qamutiik there was something for everyone at the sale where all proceeds were going towards the fellowship's church fund.

"We are hoping to raise $10,000," said Looee Arreak, organizer of the fundraiser and wife of the fellowship's pastor.

Arreak said the group has been fundraising for the last couple of years and that this type fundraiser in particular is quite successful.

She said that this is the third time they have run a loonie and toonie sale, as people seem to like the items and it becomes more of a social event.

"People want to support community initiatives like this for the betterment of the community," she said.

All of the items for the sale were donated including the qamutiit, which Arreak said were eye-catching items and crowd pleasers.

The group's new church will be built on the Road To Nowhere near the lake. The pilings are in the ground already and some of the materials have already arrived. She said construction is slated to start in the spring when it gets warmer.

The fellowship's assistant pastor Saimata Arlooktoo said having people turn out for the fundraiser is positive.

Currently, the more than 30 people that are part of the fellowship gather for Sunday service at the Abe Okpik Community Hall in Apex.

"It will be good when we will have a church of our own," said Arlooktoo.

Prayer meetings are run on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and are held at individuals' houses on a rotating basis. The group has been running for 10 years and has not yet had a place to call their own.

"The church will be for the whole community," said Arlooktoo.

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