Africa's Anita Needs Your Help!

Dear Friends:

We are writing to ask for your help.

The day before Christmas, we received some shocking news from Africa. A week earlier, Anita Kemirembe, the child whose story is told in “Anita’s Africa”, had been ploughed in to by a bus as she stood on a roadside in Kampala. Her father and brother were also struck.  Anita’s injuries were devastating and she initially was not expected to survive. One leg was shattered and she was left in a coma from which she emerged seven days later. Local doctors sought immediately to amputate her leg. Faced with this crisis, her father made arrangements to have her transferred to a private hospital where she will soon be evaluated by a specialist. She remains in excruciating pain.

Her father suffered a badly broken leg which has left him unable to resume his work as a tailor. Her mother must be with Anita constantly. The family of six has no health insurance and there is no liability insurance from the accident.

This situation is a tragedy in so many ways. The costs of hospital care up to now have left the family bankrupt and destitute.

Our goal is to raise funding to help them survive until both parents are able to return to work.  We have known the parents over the last 7 years and have seen first hand their commitment to their children. They have worked tirelessly to ensure that Anita and her brothers receive a good education and a set-back such as this one is overwhelming.

We would be grateful for any help you could provide. Cheques should be made payable to Coming Home Films Inc. (“Anita Relief” on the memo line) and either left at Gulfport Realty or mailed to PO Box 106.

We thank you very much in advance for considering this request.


Dereck Atha,
Sue Atha,
Peter Kellington,
Beverley Reid.

New Submission Form

I've made a new submission form for anyone who wants to send their non-profit announcement or MayneNews FreeBoard listing to the MayneNews email list and post it to this blog. Hopefully this will make sending your information out easier and more straightforward.

To the right you'll see a little radio tower. Click on that and it will take you to the form to fill out. This information will be emailed to me when you submit it.

If you want to post a photo or graphic, you'll need to send me that file separately -- to

Happy Holidays from MayneNews

Happy Holidays to all the readers and subscribers of MayneNews and all the best in 2010.

photo by Toby Snelgrove

Introducing MayneNews Freeboard

I thought I would try this on a trial basis to see how it works.

The idea is that people who have free things to give away can have a notice sent out with the next MayneNews email to go out to the list and posted on the MayneNews blog.

Free things to give away or wanted only.


I have a Queen Size bed with headboard, mattress and box spring and matching 6 drawer chest of drawers.

It is all taken apart and ready to travel. The bed is not perfect, but is in fairly good condition and the mattress is in very good condition.  It has been in use in my home until this week - now the room is going to be my sewing room.

Someone would really appreciate it and get some good use out of it.

The bedroom set is a donation - I would just like it to be used.

Maureen Pearl   250 539 2116

Library Re-opens

The Library Board is very pleased to announce the re-opening of the Mayne Island Reading Centre (our library) on Friday, December 18th.

Hours are as usual 11:00AM to 3:00PM.  Friday, Saturday and Wednesday.

The computers and wireless network are up and running again.

The parking lot is still not really ready so you might want to park elsewhere and walk in on the gravel pathway from the main road.  Please give your feet and extra wipe on entering.

Thanks for your patience.

Mayne Island Library Website

Wassail with Vox Trium - Tues. Dec. 22nd

Songs to Drive the Cold Winter Away!

Music from several centuries including poetry, stories, and audience participation caroling.  Come join Vox Trium members, Lael Whitehead, Gail Noonan, and Stephen Cropper and special guest Elisabeth Jahren to welcome in the Yuletide Season with an evening of song and good cheer!

Toby Snelgrove Photo

Concert on Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 7:30pm (Doors open at 7pm),

St. Mary Magdalene Church,  Mayne Island.

$12 - including beverage & snacks.
Tickets at the door, — or to be sure, from Treefrog Gallery or Happy Tides on Mayne Island.

For more information contact Stephen Cropper by phone at 250-539-2206
or by email at
or visit our website at

CD Release Party - Dec. 18

CD Release Concert

Agricultural Hall
Friday, December 18th 8:00 (doors open 7:15)
Tickets $10 at the door

Marley Daemon
(featuring Mayne Islanders Marley Iredale and Zoe Guigueno with many special guests)

Heart-full songs ranging in style from Jazz to Art to Folk accompanied on piano, guitar, and upright bass


Fish and Bird
(Adam Iredale-Gray, Taylor Ashton and friends)
High-energy, old-time Art Folk on vocals, fiddle, banjo, guitar, drums and bass

Mayne School Christmas Play

Mayne Island School presents

Christmas Every Day!!

Written by Anita McCamley

6:30 pm, December 16 at the Ag Hall

This is a festive play with song, presented by the children of Mayne Island School.
There is no admission, however, a donation to the foodbank would be appreciated

Refreshments will be served

Mayne Island Firefighters Fundraiser

Mayne Island Fire/Rescue

The Mayne Island Firefighters Association is fundraising to purchase JAWS OF LIFE for the Mayne Island Fire/Rescue Service. We have the great fortune to be able to try before we buy on the morning of Sunday, December 13th 9-11 Am!

The Jaws of Life set we are fundraising for will be available on this morning for a trial period. The firefighters have arranged for two donor vehicles to be cut up for a trial of these Jaws to be certain we are purchasing the right Rescue Tools for our needs.

You are invited to drop in at the Fire Hall between 9am to 11am Sunday, December 13th to view these Rescue Tools we are seeking your donation for. This is a rare opportunity to see these Rescue Tools in action in a non-emergency.

All donations, from $1 or more towards the Jaws of Life are gratefully and equally appreciated! Our goal is to be able to purchase this tool prior to February 2010 as the Olympics are expected absorb all of this type of equipment.

For more information please visit or contact: Fire Chief Jeff Francis 250-539-5156  email: or Deputy Chief Steven De Rousie 250-539-5156  email:

Sand Lance Survey Volunteer Opportunities - Dec 9-13

The sand lance survey season is starting and we need your help. So don your wellies and your woollies and your miner’s lamp and join us for some interesting work: field work or indoor work or both!

No experience necessary — just pure enthusiasm!

December 9th & 10th

Field sampling on Dec. 9th @ 4:00pm and on Dec. 10th @ 6am during favourable tides. Each field trip will be about 3 hours long to cover 6 beaches. Dress for cold and wet weather and bring a head lamp or flashlight if you have one.

December 10-13th

Egg searching 10-4pm
222 Skana Gate Rd.
Food and beverages provided.
Contact Leanna Boyer 539-5937 or

Merry Marketeers and More..…

Merry Marketeers and More..…
Christmas Craft Fair
Sunday, December 13
10am - 2 pm at the Ag. Hall
Island Produced & Hand Crafted
Gifts & Goodies for Everyone!!
Yummy Refreshments Available

Contact - Glenda:

Christmas on Wooddale Sat. Dec. 5

Christmas on Wooddale
Saturday Dec. 5 - 11-4pm

347 Wooddale Drive
- Christmas Baking
- Donna Williams Jewellery
- Jewellery & gifts from Latin America

345 Wooddale Drive
- Siggi’s handmade toys, etc

340 Wooddale Drive - K&S Designs
Sydney DeCoursey - West Coast Maples 2010
Michel Richard - west coast carver & sculptor
Catherine Clarke - original art, cards, quilts

Drop in for some Holiday Cheer

for further information contact Dawne