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Rotary suspends Gold Mine draw

To support provincial public health and safety efforts to minimize spread of coronavirus, The Rotary Club of Montague is postponing further weekly draws indefinitely.

The name of the winner in the March 16th draw is in Dining & Entertainment on page 10 of the march 18 Eastern Graphic.

“This is not an easy decision, but it is necessary,” says Scott Annear, Chairman of the Rotary Gold Mine Committee. “The health and well-being of our club members, volunteers, those who play weekly, and our friends and neighbours, is our top priority.”

The committee will review the decision on a weekly basis, he said.

The Rotary Gold Mine is a major contributor to charities, organizations, events and individuals in eastern, PEI with donations totalling more than $7 million since the draw began.

“We are a community that supports one another and this is a small step to ease anxiety for all involved. The draw will be back stronger than ever as soon as possible,” Mr Annear said.

Win4All suspended until further notice

Effective immediately the Western Region Sport and Recreation Council (WRSRC) has put on hold the Win4All weekly lottery.

Participating vendors are supportive of the decision to remove the toonie boxes until social distancing policies have changed.

“While the Win4All lottery contributes revenue to operate the Western Region Sport and Recreation Council, the health and safety of our volunteer counters, all who play the lottery and our vendors is much more important than revenue,” said the WRSRC.

If a person has played a number since Monday, March 16th at noon, the Win4All boxes will remain locked and their number will be entered in the next draw Win4All date when announced.

CFA cancels lobby day due to COVID-19 concerns

In keeping with the social distancing recommendations now in place across the countrey to help fight to COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture has postponed a lobby day on Parliament Hill that was set for March 31.

Parliament is now in recess to help adhere to those same guidelines although a group of 32 MP's from all parties held a brief session March 24 to pass a $82 billion stimulus package. CFA president Mary Robinson said the session is now tentatively planned for October.

The former president of the PEI Federation of Agriculture said the lobby day is an important event allowing farm leaders from across the country to meet MP's and Senators from all political parties to outline the priorities and concerns of the industry.

"We thank all those MPs and Senators for recognizing the importance of Canadian agriculture and for consistently meeting and collaborating with CFA, Canada’s largest farm organization representing 200,000 farm families," she said. "We look forward to resuming this valuable face to face format as soon as possible."

NFU cancels annual meeting due to COVID-19 concerns

The National Farmers Union is cancelling the annual meeting of District 1, Region 1 slated for March 31 as a result of concerns over COVID- 19.

"We have decided to postpone the meeting on the advice of public health officials," said Edith Ling, the women's district director. "We have not set an alternate date."

The convention was slated for the Milton Hall starting at 10 a.m. National President Katie Ward was due to address delegates on a recent report compiled by the national office on climate change and the farm financial crisis.

Easter Beef sale now cancelled due to COVID-19

After hoping to hold a call-in sale this Friday, the directors of the PEI Easter Beef Show and Sale have now decided to cancel the event in light of continuing COVID-19 developments.

The show was originally slated to take place Thursday at the Eastlink Centre with the sale the following day. However, the need for social distancing resulting from the worldwide virus outbreak resulted in a new approach. A grading and scoring process was to used on farm to determine the champions with a call in sale that would be live streamed on Friday.

However, the directors announced Tuesday the event was being cancelled. The social media notice indicates "Atlantic Beef Products is generously stepping up to offer a donation and challenging other Easter Beef Buyers to consider making one as well. Show directors are hoping other potential buyers will take up the challenge and help support Easter Seals and the 4-H members who have put so much time and energy into their market steer project, their local 4-H Clubs, and the exhibitors.

PEIWI cancels in-person events due to COVID-19

The PEI Women's Institute has cancelled all in-person events for the next 30-60 days in response to the request from the chief medical officer to limit public events to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

" The provincial board of the PEI Women’s Institute (PEIWI) are requesting branch members and their Institutes to adhere to the recommendations from Dr. Heather Morrison, Chief Health Officer for PEI, following her recent announcement released at noon on Friday, March 13, 2020.

"As a leader in caring for our communities, especially during the time of an established and developing pandemic, the PEIWI is asking our member Institutes to refrain from public gatherings where two metres of personal distance can't be held," the institute said in a statement on its social media pages. "As a direct recommendation the PEIWI Board encourages postponement or cancellation of in person meetings for the next 30-60 day period, effective immediately. This includes and not limited to branch meetings, district meetings and all other events pertaining to public gatherings. "

The women's institute encourages innovation to keep in touch with friends, family, neighbours, fellow members and organizations during this unprecedented situation.

Prince County Horsemen’s Club Awards Banquet & Dinner

The Prince County Horsemen’s Club Awards Banquet & Dinner, which was scheduled for April 11, has been postponed until a future date, which will be announced.

For anyone who has purchased tickets, they will be honoured for the future date or purchasers can contact the banquet committee to arrange a refund.

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Charlottetown Food Council Postpones Event

The Community Conversations Series, scheduled to take place March 21 – April 1 through the Charlottetown Food Council, has been postponed due to social distancing requirements with COVID-19.

The Charlottetown Food Council hosted a number of pop-up events earlier this month, as well as an online survey to engage with residents and seek feedback on the City's first Food Asset Map. While the remainder of the pop-up events and Community Conversations have been postponed, the Food Council will continue to accept online survey responses at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFHZ5DW

The Food Council set a goal of receiving 500 survey responses and committed to donating $1 for every response received to the Upper Room Hospitality Ministry. In light of the current situation, the Food Council has made a $500 advance donation to the Upper Room Hospitality Ministry and encourages the community to continue to submit survey responses, open until March 27.

Rotary Bus Cancelled

Due to the Corona Virus outbreak, we will be suspending all transportation on the Rotary Bus until further notice. Thank you for your understanding, The Rotary Club of Montague & Eastern PEI.

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