The Constance Creek Wildlife Refuge is hoping to spread a little holiday cheer and raise some much-needed funds to buy hay for its rescue animals.
The Dunrobin sanctuary, which is home to a number of goats, ponies, alpacas, pigs and other animals, will host an arts and crafts fair at the Dunrobin Community Centre on Dec. 8.
“I just really want to be able to provide for all the animals,” said Lynne Rowe, who runs the refuge. “They give so much joy to the people who visit.”
Rowe said she’s hoping to raise enough money to allow for a bulk hay purchase, which will cut down on driving costs to pick up small bales. Because of the summer drought, there is no hay available within the area.
“This last week I spent literally about six hours doing two trips to go an hour away (to) load up the pickup truck – which is 20 years old – with hay and come home,” she said, adding if the sanctuary can raise a couple thousand dollars she can purchase a larger quantity and have the bales delivered.
Hay is the refuge’s biggest expense, with the farm animals going through about 50 bales a week.
The refuge will be working with the Charity Group, which is made up of local children from the Kanata area.
Jasmine Quirk, the founder of the group, will be on hand as “The Great Jasmini” to read the fortunes of attendees. The group’s co-founder, Grace Dixon, will also be on hand at the fundraiser, said Rowe.
“The whole group is planning to have a day where they’re going to make crafts that we can sell. So it’s great to have them pitch in and help us out,” said Rowe.
A number of local vendors and artists will be in attendance, selling such items as wooden magic wands, handmade soaps, toys and jewelry, artwork, items for the furry friends on the holiday list and preserves and baked goods.
“I love arts and crafts fairs at Christmas,” said Rowe, adding a few of the animals will be in attendance. “You can get something really unique and special for the people in your life.”
There are still a few tables left for interested vendors. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-222-4719.
The craft fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The community centre is located at 1151 Thomas Dolan Pky. For details, visit ccwr.ca.