The Brandon MCC Relief Auction has officially been cancelled for this fall. Typically, the MCC auction would take place in September where MCC supporters would come together for the infamous quilt auction, farmer's market, book sale, thrift tables and traditional perogy and farmer sausage meal topped with schmonfaat (cream gravy)!
Covid continues to play havoc for committee members.
Around about the time that we needed to really get organized and get this thing going several of us had just come down with Covid and we were all feeling a little bit conflicted as to whether to encourage a large gathering in Fall," explains Acting Chair of Brandon's sale committee, Henry Buhler.
"The decision was made that we're not going to do a sale this year," he adds. "The decision is getting late a little bit but we finally said by now its too late to organize one and still don't feel comfortable doing it anyway."
The planning, coordinating and facilitating an event this size requires a large group of volunteers. Buhler says they'll have to do some brainstorming as a committee to look at options going forward.
"For myself, I hardly see our volunteer base (which is dwindling much like other organizations that rely on volunteers) do something of the nature of the Manitoba Room at the Keystone Centre for a relief sale. Whether we could do a parking lot Mennonite dinner, or some other idea. We'll talk about it in Fall and see if anybody has some ideas of what we might be able to do to still support MCC, and more so to keep people in Westman aware of MCC and the work we do there."
"What the next year will bring I can hardly speculate," adds Buhler.