The grades five to nine Mother Teresa students were given the wonderful opportunity to listen to a presentation by Eva Olsson at the Gus Wetter school on Wednesday. She told a moving story of being a captive at the prison of war camp at Auschwitz, Poland during the 2nd World War.
One of six children, she was born Ester Malek to Jewish parents in Hungary in October of 1924.
When she was 19, the family was ordered to travel, supposedly to work in a factory in Germany, but in fact to Auschwitz. On arrival the group was placed in two line ups. Eva’s mother and some younger family members were in one line. She and her sister in another line. The first line went directly to the gas chamber. The second line to the prison camp where they survived on bread and water. Of her entire family, only she and her sister survived. After they were liberated they went to Sweden. She married Rude Olsson and they immigrated to Canada in 1951.
She never spoke of her ordeal for 50 years, until one of her grandchildren asked her to speak to his/her classroom. Now she travels across Canada telling the children about “hate” and how they must never hate because to hate is never okay. Our students were in awe of what she went through to survive were moved by her story. They have said they will never forget it.
Thanks to Lorna Schilling and the Castor and district FCSS for arranging for her to visit to Castor.
The girls and boys mixed volleyball teams traveled to Brownfield for a tournament on Saturday. Both teams played well and the girls were pleased to bring home a plaque for second place, losing to Coronation in the final. Allison Schauer and Sheri Beier are the coaches . Halkirk hosted Theresetta teams on Wednesday in two well played games.
On Friday afternoon, the jr. high organized a talent show and dress up day. Several students sang, danced and recited to an appreciative audience.
Winter hours at the transfer station are – Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., effective immediately.
Our community lost a fine gentleman this weekend with the passing of Roy Haeberle, aged 92, at the Red Deer hospital following a fall in his home. Deepest sympathy is extended to his family and many friends.
A good sized crowd supported the Hall board at its Ham and Turkey bingo. You have one more chance on this Thursday evening to win your Thanksgiving dinner. Regular bingo returns on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the hall.
Parent council’s school fundraiser this fall is selling fruit until mid – October, so get your order in by phoning the school or contacting one of the students. They have Okanagan apples and pears; navel and mandarin oranges, red grapefruit, sparkling BC juice and cookie dough.
Tickets are selling fast for the Elks’ annual oyster fry and white elephant sale coming up on Oct. 18. Phone Dale Kent for tickets: Nov. 2 – the Elks are also organizing the community’s fall turkey supper; Dec. 7 is the date that has been booked for Santa to come to Halkirk to have a pancake breakfast with all the families in the area.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving this weekend and hopefully the farmers will have completed the harvest.