Categories: Volunteers & Charity

Dusty way to brighten up Amplify and the paths

Kathleen Bell, right, the Youth Festival Associate for the annual Amplify Youth Festival encourages Mia Kennedy, 2, of St. Albert to colour the sidewalk with chalk to promote the upcoming Let's Chalk It Up event in September. The chalk-a-thon will act as a fund raiser for the Amplify festival which goes in October.

Organizers behind the Amplify Youth Festival are looking for artists to help put all of the colours on the sidewalk next Friday during St. Albert’s citywide block party.

They are breaking out the coloured chalk in the hopes that they can cover 500 metres of the Red Willow Trails with homegrown artwork. The Chalk-a-thon is an attempt to create the longest piece of art – albeit temporary – that the city has ever seen.

In addition to being a fun cultural extravaganza, it will also help to boost the committee’s coffers to put on this year’s fest. It is also a way for the youths to show that they’re in charge of making things happen too.

“It’s something that the youth committee can participate in and contribute to, which is important to us,” explained Amplify youth associate Kathleen Bell. “Youths fundamentally are making sure that Amplify happens every year. Every time they have a new idea, they’re helping to fundraise to make it happen. It’s important because they feel like they can own it.”

The Chalk-a-Thon runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8.

People can participate solo or in teams of two or more. Individuals are asked to collect pledges of at least $15 while families are asked to aim for $20. Teams, organizations or companies can sponsor a 10’ by 10’ block of space to really get expressive for $150. Chalk will be provided.

The Amplify Festival is an arts and culture festival for youths in Grade 7 to the age of 21. It takes place Oct. 13 and 14.

Superheroes up the wall

There were some traffic-stopping sights in downtown Edmonton last Friday as a long stream of people, many dressed in tights and capes, rappelled down the side of the 30-storey Sutton Place Hotel. It was the occasion of the annual Drop Zone event, a fundraiser for Easter Seals Alberta.

Each of the participants was asked to fundraise at least $1,100 in pledges.

Easter Seals helps children and their families overcome the challenges of a disability by providing them with mobility and accessibility equipment. Funds also go to support Easter Seals Camp Horizon in Bragg Creek and Easter Seals McQueen Residence in Edmonton.

Ukrainian food fundraiser

The perogies never tasted so good as they did last Monday at Taste of Ukraine. St. Albert’s premiere place for Ukrainian cuisine hosted its third straight sellout fundraising dinner. Proceeds from the event went to breast cancer initiatives through the Canadian Cancer Society.

The three-course dinner for $40 had a packed house at its St. Albert Trail location. This brings the restaurant near to its three-year combined goal of raising $20,000 for the cause.

Lemonade success

Sunday’s fourth annual Simply Supper Helps Lemonade Stand Day left no sour faces behind. There were more than 250 lemonade stands across the province in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

There were 18 stands here in St. Albert including Tarra and Hayden’s Lemonade Stand in Old Braeside. The kids poured out a lot of the good stuff on the hot day, raking in an astounding $537.50 making that a super sweet indication of the overall success of the day all around. It brought in more than $75,000 in its first three years altogether.

Scott Hayes: Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.