Mayerthorpe Kinettes Cora Cherney, left, Shelley Jogola, centre, and Tracy Christman display Cherney's scrapbook. The Kinettes will be holding their sixth scrapbooking marathon at the Diamond Centre on May 8 and 9 to raise funds for a cure for cystic fibrosis. Freelancer photo by Don Perdue
The Mayerthorpe Kinettes will be holding its sixth scrapbooking marathon May 8 and 9, with funds raised going towards a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF).
“It’s a fun two days for scrapbookers, and money is raised towards a cure for cystic fibrosis, which has been a national charity for Kinsmen and Kinettes for over 20 years,” said Kinette Tracy Christman.
The Kinettes held their inaugural scrapbook marathon in spring 2006.
Since 2007, scrapbook marathons have been held twice yearly, in spring and fall.
The weekend’s official title is the 2009 Creating Futures Scrapbook Weekend.
The event will be held at the Diamond Centre, beginning at 7 p.m. on May 8.
Scrapbook enthusiasts can purchase a table for $50 before April 30. The funds received for the tables go towards CF.
The next step is to show up at the Diamond Centre on Friday night, and work on scrapbooks.
“Until the wee hours of the morning,” laughed Christman. “We looked at our watches last year on the Friday, realized it was 3 a.m. We were the only ones left and thought, what are we still doing here?”
After a few hours sleep, scrapbookers can return to the Diamond Centre Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and continue scrapbooking until they’ve had enough.
The Kinettes will provide snacks on Friday night and they will also serve a light breakfast (coffee and muffins), lunch and supper on Saturday.
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During the first five scrapbook marathons, the Kinettes sold about 40 tables on average.
For the spring 2009 scrapbook marathon, 66 tables have been purchased to date; the Kinettes’ goal is to sell 100 tables by the April 30 deadline.
“That’s the absolute cut-off date,” said Christman. “We have to arrange for the food in advance, and it’s too difficult to do during the last week if we’re still taking last-minute registrations.”
Besides great home-prepared food, some things to expect at the scrapbook marathon include make-and-take (MT) projects.
“You don’t leave ‘MT’-handed,” said Jogola.
There will be demonstrators on hand to show how to put MT projects together.
They will include people from Whitecourt Scrapbook Country; Stamp ‘n’ Up; Close to My Heart, and Creative Memories, which will be holding classes and supervising make-and-take.
“They’ll be set up like little kiosks in a mall,” said Jogola. “They’ll also operate like an on-site store, bringing extra scrapbook materials along in case scrapbookers run out,” said Christman.
“We all love to scrapbook so let’s get as much as we can get done for people attending,” said Christman.
It’s not just a ‘girl’ thing either. There will be teenage boys, young men, and even husbands.
“Who come willingly,” Christman emphasized.
Jogola has a six-year-old son, Ethan, who was diagnosed with CF at three months of age.
“The scrapbook marathon raises awareness for CF, and allows people to have fun raising funds,” she said.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that permanently affects the lungs and digestive system, said Jogola.
The cells in the body produce mucous. What causes complications are when too much mucous is produced, which builds up in the lungs and digestive organs, especially the liver and pancreas. The body can’t keep up in the task of breaking the mucous down.
If a mother and a father are recessive carriers of the cystic fibrosis gene, they will pass the disease on to their children, and the odds are that 1 in 4 children in that family will get cystic fibrosis.
“Ethan has to have medication every time he eats to help with his digestion,” said Jogola.
“He has to have chest therapy morning and evening for the rest of his life to keep the mucous loose.”
During flu and cold season, which lasts for three months, Ethan gets between six and 12 chest congestion therapy sessions a day, and two to six inhaled medications a day throughout that same period.
“The inhaled medications go through a mask that Ethan wears, and every session takes half an hour. The chest therapy sessions take 20 minutes each,” said Jogola.
Jogola is not alone in taking extra care of her son’s debilitating disease.
“There is another family in Mayerthorpe, the Trapps, that deal with CF on a daily basis; they have four children, and one of them has cystic fibrosis,” she said
May is National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month across Canada, and it’s also National Scrapbooking Month worldwide.
Jogola hopes that eventually Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs across Canada will hold scrapbooking marathons every May to raise funds towards a cure for cystic fibrosis.
“My dream is to jumpstart to spreading our Creating Futures scrapbooking project across Canada so other Kinsmen and Kinettes will someday be hosting their own scrapbooking weekend in their own communities."
People wanting to pre-register for the scrapbook marathon can contact Shelley Jogola at 780-786-2728, or go online and email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know?
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a hereditary disease affecting the mucous glands of the lungs, liver, pancreas and intestines, causing progressive disability to multisystem failure.