Last night, I went to the presentation of five cheques to organizations in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and I was happy to receive a donation on behalf of Them Days. The money is from the GAFTTIC Foundation–GAFTTIC stands for “German Air Force Technical Training In Canada”–and it was money fund-raised by members of the German military when they trained here in Goose Bay. The Germans were here from the 1980s until 2006, and when they left, the soldiers wanted to leave a legacy to commemorate their time here. So one of the ways they did that (besides that fancy table at Maxwell’s) was to collect a large pot of money that gets distributed annually to various charitable organizations in the area. For the last few years, we have received our cheques with little fanfare, but this year, there was a bit of a celebration again. You see, some members of the German military are in town again doing winter survival training (they sure picked the right time of year for it!) and the Defence Attaché from the German Embassy in Ottawa was in town to visit them. So I went down and had tea and cookies (yum) with the other local representatives, the German delegates and the GAFTTIC representatives.
They gave cheques to Them Days, Kids Eat Smart, the Perrault Place Community Centre brown bag lunch program, the Lake Melville Ministerial Association, and Libra House.
The GAFTTIC money will likely run out in a few years, but it’s amazing that the money raised almost ten years ago is still making a lasting impression on the community organizations. Here at Them Days, we are very appreciative and thankful for these donations, and I know the others are as well. Vielen Dank, GAFTTIC!
(On a personal note, it was lot of fun to discuss German fußball with people who like it just as much as I do! Loyal readers may know that I’m a big fan of the die Nationalmannschaft [soccer and film were two of the main reasons I studied German in university], and I had a lot of fun chatting about the men’s and women’s teams, as well as a bit about the Bundesliga!)