Artwork new to auxiliary bazaar

Annual fundraiser helps to purchase hospital equipment

This year’s Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary bazaar and craft fair will have a distinctly artistic flair.

For their biggest fundraiser event of the year, the auxiliary has secured nearly 60 pieces of art, from simple paintings to dramatic wall hangings, all of which have been donated.

“We do have a lot of treasures here,” said auxiliary volunteer president Linda Snelling.

The artwork has been kept in a storage locker for months. But it will be brought out for display and sale in time for the bazaar and craft fair tomorrow (Nov. 19) at the Mary Winspear Centre. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Auxiliary volunteers have been busy baking and doing craft work to sell at the fundraiser, which raises money to purchase equipment and furnishings for Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

“We work year round making crafts and baking jellies. We’ve got over 200 Christmas puddings this year, and there’s always mincemeat,” Snelling said.

While those items may be hard to pass up for some planning for holiday get-togethers, the chance to pick up well-priced artwork puts a different twist on the proceedings, she added.

“I think anything new is always great to have. It could draw a whole different type of shopper.”

The sale also includes books, collectibles, draws and raffles, an available hot soup lunch and other “hidden treasures.”

No specifics are available yet as to what the sale proceeds will help purchase, but the auxiliary expects to receive the hospital’s prioritized wish list soon, Snelling said. Admission to the bazaar is by donation.

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