Parade fundraiser a ringing success

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

There's a special ring to the volunteer work being carried out this month by members of the Rotary Club of Flamborough AM. For the second consecutive year, the local club will be selling Sana's Bells along the route of Flamborough's Santa Claus parade on November 26.

"We're doing this to honour the memory of Sana Makhoul," Rotarian Margaret Robertson explained as she and other club members gathered at a work party to assemble the bells on a gold string along with a circular piece of olive wood from the Holy Land featuring a carved angel in its centre.

"Sana's favourite thing was an angel," fellow Rotarian Cathie Robitaille recalled. "Sana's Bells for Santa," which had its inaugural year last Christmas, involves selling the bracelets or tree ornaments to parade-goers for a suggested $5 donation. All of the money collected will be used to fund projects for seniors in Flamborough.

"Sana had a special love for seniors," Barb Rusnak, another Rotary member, explained.

The young and energetic member of the service group who lost her battle with colon cancer last October, assembled gift baskets, "on her own initiative," and delivered them to seniors in Waterdown and area on Christmas Eve, 2003, Rusnak said.

To show Sana's family in Israel and Waterdown that her compassionate work was appreciated and will continue, the club decided to take the project under its wing.

About 30 members, along with their families, will cover the parade route this year. Last year, the bells (one red and the other green) were attached to 1,000 olive bead bracelets donated by Sana's family. This year, her family donated the wooden angel circles to go with the bells.

Rotarians have been busy assembling the new bracelets and tree decorations this week. They expect to have about 1,000 ready by parade day.

Sana's Bells will also be available at various local businesses owned by Rotarians, including Robertson's tearoom, Pause Awhile, and club president Derek Thornborrow's optometry shop. They can also be obtained at the Waterdown Downtown BIA's free hot chocolate booth that will be set up on the southeast corner of Main and Dundas streets on parade night.

Parade fundraiser a ringing success

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

There's a special ring to the volunteer work being carried out this month by members of the Rotary Club of Flamborough AM. For the second consecutive year, the local club will be selling Sana's Bells along the route of Flamborough's Santa Claus parade on November 26.

"We're doing this to honour the memory of Sana Makhoul," Rotarian Margaret Robertson explained as she and other club members gathered at a work party to assemble the bells on a gold string along with a circular piece of olive wood from the Holy Land featuring a carved angel in its centre.

"Sana's favourite thing was an angel," fellow Rotarian Cathie Robitaille recalled. "Sana's Bells for Santa," which had its inaugural year last Christmas, involves selling the bracelets or tree ornaments to parade-goers for a suggested $5 donation. All of the money collected will be used to fund projects for seniors in Flamborough.

"Sana had a special love for seniors," Barb Rusnak, another Rotary member, explained.

The young and energetic member of the service group who lost her battle with colon cancer last October, assembled gift baskets, "on her own initiative," and delivered them to seniors in Waterdown and area on Christmas Eve, 2003, Rusnak said.

To show Sana's family in Israel and Waterdown that her compassionate work was appreciated and will continue, the club decided to take the project under its wing.

About 30 members, along with their families, will cover the parade route this year. Last year, the bells (one red and the other green) were attached to 1,000 olive bead bracelets donated by Sana's family. This year, her family donated the wooden angel circles to go with the bells.

Rotarians have been busy assembling the new bracelets and tree decorations this week. They expect to have about 1,000 ready by parade day.

Sana's Bells will also be available at various local businesses owned by Rotarians, including Robertson's tearoom, Pause Awhile, and club president Derek Thornborrow's optometry shop. They can also be obtained at the Waterdown Downtown BIA's free hot chocolate booth that will be set up on the southeast corner of Main and Dundas streets on parade night.

Parade fundraiser a ringing success

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

There's a special ring to the volunteer work being carried out this month by members of the Rotary Club of Flamborough AM. For the second consecutive year, the local club will be selling Sana's Bells along the route of Flamborough's Santa Claus parade on November 26.

"We're doing this to honour the memory of Sana Makhoul," Rotarian Margaret Robertson explained as she and other club members gathered at a work party to assemble the bells on a gold string along with a circular piece of olive wood from the Holy Land featuring a carved angel in its centre.

"Sana's favourite thing was an angel," fellow Rotarian Cathie Robitaille recalled. "Sana's Bells for Santa," which had its inaugural year last Christmas, involves selling the bracelets or tree ornaments to parade-goers for a suggested $5 donation. All of the money collected will be used to fund projects for seniors in Flamborough.

"Sana had a special love for seniors," Barb Rusnak, another Rotary member, explained.

The young and energetic member of the service group who lost her battle with colon cancer last October, assembled gift baskets, "on her own initiative," and delivered them to seniors in Waterdown and area on Christmas Eve, 2003, Rusnak said.

To show Sana's family in Israel and Waterdown that her compassionate work was appreciated and will continue, the club decided to take the project under its wing.

About 30 members, along with their families, will cover the parade route this year. Last year, the bells (one red and the other green) were attached to 1,000 olive bead bracelets donated by Sana's family. This year, her family donated the wooden angel circles to go with the bells.

Rotarians have been busy assembling the new bracelets and tree decorations this week. They expect to have about 1,000 ready by parade day.

Sana's Bells will also be available at various local businesses owned by Rotarians, including Robertson's tearoom, Pause Awhile, and club president Derek Thornborrow's optometry shop. They can also be obtained at the Waterdown Downtown BIA's free hot chocolate booth that will be set up on the southeast corner of Main and Dundas streets on parade night.