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These N.L. crafters are making joey pouches to help injured Australian animals

Excerpt:
“…It’s been a decade since Amanda Young visited Australia, but she felt compelled to help after seeing the fire-ravaged images and hearing about the hundred of millions of dead animals — and so she turned to her sewing machine to help.

Young is one of a dozen people in the Corner Brook area making joey pouches for Australia’s injured and orphaned animals. They are used to hold baby kangaroos, called joeys, and other marsupials like a mother’s pouch….”

Author: Cherie Wheeler
Date of Article: January 11, 2020
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/crafter-joey-puches-1.5421923

MerB’ys print final calendar, but say the brand will live on

Excerpt:
“…A globally successful charity calendar featuring burly men dressed in sparkly mermaid tails has printed its last edition.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club says the 2020 MerB’ys calendar will be its last, after the group raised over half a million dollars for local charities since 2017….”

Date of Article: January 6, 2020
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/merbys-final-calendar-1.5416270

8 new names added to Order of Newfoundland and Labrador — including Santa

Excerpt:
“…Eight people have been named to Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, including Santa’s longtime stand-in, Bruce Templeton.

Templeton, of Outer Cove, has been invested into the order for his decades of volunteer work, community leadership and humanitarianism — including more than 40 years of playing Santa — as well as published books and charity work….”

Date of Article: January 1, 2020
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/order-of-newfoundland-labrador-1.5411661

Muslim donors fill need for St. John’s blood clinic over Christmas break

Excerpt:
“…Blood clinics take no days off — so when a lot of donors are taking Christmas holidays, life-threatening shortages can happen.

In St. John’s, the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador stepped in to help….”

Date of Article: December 30, 2019
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/muslim-association-st-johns-blood-donations-1.5410406

Lone Newfoundlander spends Christmas in Australia helping fight wildfires

Excerpt:
“…While the rest of Canada wrapped up gifts and prepared for holiday feasts with family, Joe Russell from Corner Brook, N.L., tucked into Christmas dinner several time zones away from his wife and kids.

He is one of dozens of highly trained Canadian firefighting personnel who responded to a call for help from their Australian counterparts fighting devastating fires across the country….”

Author: Maryam Shah
Date of Article: December 27, 2019
Source: Global News
Website: https://globalnews.ca/news/6340414/newfoundland-fighting-fire-australia-canada/

Dollar a Day foundation teams up with St. John’s firefighters

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“…An N.L. charity co-founded by Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle has new partnerships — and new beneficiaries.

A Dollar a Day on Monday announced the St. John’s Regional Fire Department and a local firefighters’ union have signed on with the foundation — co-founded by Doyle, Brendan Paddick, and Andrew Furey — which encourages daily $1 donations in support of mental health and addictions initiatives….”

Date of Article: December 23, 2019
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/dollar-a-day-firefighters-1.5406855

‘Enough of the stuff’: Meet the people pushing for a green Christmas with less waste

Excerpt:
“…It’s been a few years since Sheila Ryan became fed up with the hustle and bustle of the commercial Christmas rush. Now she’s hoping for a holiday with less waste, less stress and less mess.

“Enough of the stuff,” she said. “We’re bombarded with stuff. Our kids are bombarded with stuff.”…”

Date of Article: December 23, 2019
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/green-christmas-waste-reduction-1.5406554

Joys of Christmas: East meets west in this St. John’s home

Excerpt:
“…Christmas is around the corner and the Joy household isn’t shying away from the celebrations. A massive tree, stockings and lots of warm lights fill their home while three young children add to the explosion of happiness.

“I think Christmas is a magical time to spend with the family and with friends. With elves. And with Santa,” said Rianna, 9….”

Author: Prajwala Dixit
Date of Article: December 23, 2019
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/joys-of-christmas-1.5400446

These dance classes for everyone are ‘the best place to be’

Excerpt:
“…A young girl wearing a bright purple bodysuit and black tutu with rainbow sparkles grins as she comes through the door of Steffen Dance Studio one Friday night.

Excited for her weekly dance class, Claire McDonald is like any other child who loves to dance. She just does it from a wheelchair….”

Author: Meghan McCabe
Date of Article: December 18, 2019
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/adaptive-dance-classes-st-johns-1.5393894

Many go home, some stay behind: MUN program brings locals and international students together for Christmas

Excerpt:
“…School is out for Christmas at Memorial University, and while many will be headed home for the holidays some will remain behind.

It can be a lonely time of year for international students, those whose homes are too far away and too expensive to travel to at this time of year….”

Date of Article: December 16, 2019
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/mun-christmas-break-international-students-1.5397146