Monthly Archives: September 2016

It’s here!

Posted By Katie Kowalchuk
September 14, 2016

It’s finally here! The MCC Festival for World Relief is coming up this weekend, September 16 & 17. For you faithful attendees, this post is to tell you about the new and exciting aspects of the Festival this year. For those of you who have never been, this post is to tell you why this is the year to change that!

The Festival Passport: First things first. When you purchase your food tickets, you’ll be given a Festival Passport. It tells you about our fundraising goal for this year’s Festival, and has a map of the Tradex with a scavenger hunt for you to complete. (1) Pick up a My Coins Count coin box at the My Coins Count booth, (2) build a relief kit at the Material Resources booth, (3) visit the model Refugee Tent to learn about what life is like for a refugee and (4) pick up your free gift at the Donor Booth when you’re done!

If you’re an MCC donor, we’ve got another special something for you, so make sure you stop by the “Donor Gift” table, located right in the middle of the Donor Booth.


The Auction: Bidding for the silent auction will be taking place online this year. You can view the full catalogue here and bid straight from your mobile device or computer starting at 12 pm on Friday (12 pm on Thursday if you pre-register!). Pre-register TODAY and you’ll also be entered to win a gift bag from Ten Thousand Villages.

If you don’t have access to a computer or mobile device, we’ll have volunteers floating around the auction area wearing blue “Kaun ekj jünt halpe?” (“Can I help you?”) shirts to help you place bids, ensuring that this is an easy and enjoyable process for everyone.

Volunteer Shirt

The live auction will be taking place on Friday night only, at 7:30 pm. Check out the items for the live auction in advance here, and pre-register to save time at the Festival.

The Kids AreaThis 10,000+ square foot area has been totally revamped with fun games, hands-on projects and crafts for kids of all ages, a petting zoo and a passport for the kiddos too! No tickets this year – admission to the whole area is just $5 for the duration of the festival. Click here to read about all the exciting things you can expect.

The Food: Everyone’s favourite! If you’ve never been to the Festival before, click here to get the low-down on what’s on offer.

Dora’s Retiring! Help us say goodbye and thank you to Dora Hoeppner, MCC BC’s faithful Relief Festival Coordinator over the last 13 years. You can find her wearing a yellow shirt, carrying a walkie-talkie and making sure everything runs smoothly. Read about Dora and her contribution to the festival here.

P.S. Parking at Tradex is $6 (cash only) so make sure to bring some change.

Kids at the Festival (of both the human and goat variety)

Posted By Katie Kowalchuk
September 9, 2016

If you’ve got kids (of the human variety), it’s time to start getting excited about the Children’s Area at the MCC Festival for World Relief.

This 10,000+ square foot area has been totally revamped with fun games, hands-on projects and crafts for children of all ages, and… wait for it… a petting zoo on Saturday (where you’ll find kids of the goat variety)!

MCC Fair

The refresh is the brainchild of MCC BC’s new Advancement Coordinator, Hannah Toews, who will be taking over the coordination of the whole festival upon Dora Hoeppner’s retirement after this year’s event.

“We really wanted to welcome kids into the mission of MCC in this area,” Hannah told me, “teaching them about MCC and the work we do around the world – helping kids just like them to go to school, to get clean water, to plant gardens for food, and to bring peace to their communities.”

So this year, your kids will be invited to build a water filter, plant a flower, make a peace bracelet, pet some animals, play games from around the world, and colour a My Coins Count coin box to take home with them and collect coins to help other children get access to healthy food through MCC’s sustainable agriculture programs.

Of course, we’ll still have the classics like the climbing wall, stuffy fishing, face painting and bouncy castles.

We’ve also got a fun new way for your kids to engage with the whole Children’s Area area, by means of the Scavenger Stamper (pictured below). At each station, your child will receive a stamp in their Scavenger Stamper passport, and once they’ve visited 5 stations and returned their stamper to the Scavenger Stamper Headquarters, they’ll be entered to win one of 10 fully loaded play cards at Castle Fun Park!

Scavenger Stamper

And the best part? You don’t need to worry about tickets. With the purchase of a $5 wristband, your child will have access to the whole children’s area FOR THE WHOLE FESTIVAL! That’s right, you can come on Friday AND Saturday!

For those with babies and toddlers, we’ll have a quiet tent with toys and blankets (and a rest area for the mamas and papas), as well as stroller parking, directly to the right after you enter the children’s area.

Before I could even finish asking Hannah what she was most excited about, she exclaimed, “The petting zoo! Even though I’m 27, I would definitely come for the petting zoo.” So even if you aren’t a kid and you don’t have kids, you’ve got to stop by!

P.S. We’ve still got the Children’s Auction happening on Friday night, which is always a blast. Be there at 6:30 pm to make sure you don’t miss out on the action. For a sneak peek, visit the online listing here. Register to be part of the bidding before Wednesday the 15th, and you’ll be entered to win a gift bag from Ten Thousand Villages.

P.P.S. Make sure to follow us on Facebook to get all the latest updates on the Festival!