Rotaract dinner on Feb. 5

The University of Lethbridge Rotaract Club will hold its Sixth Annual Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Lethbridge Lodge.

Since its inception, the annual Rotaract event has raised more than $95,000 for numerous charitable organizations over the past six years. This year, the U of L Rotaract Club hopes to raise a minimum of $10,000 for the Tasiuqtigiit (Hand in Hand/Main en Main) Society, a community resource centre operating in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The evening is titled, 'Siaqtuut (See-ak-tut) – A Journey Together'.

Tasiuqtigiit (Tah-see-uck-tih-git) is a Canadian organization serving a population of more than 7,000 people. This group provides training programs such as sewing and cooking classes; makes basic resources such as milk, diapers, breast pumps and baby food available; and provides families with the opportunity to attend public health sessions and meet with nurses for post-natal checkups that are vital for newborn health.

The Rotaract group learned about the initiatives of the Tasiuqtigiit Society through Rotaractor Emily Cox, who had worked with the group for several months.

"Emily was able to see first-hand the impact that the Hand in Hand Society's services makes," says Ryan Taylor, Rotaract VP external. "Her experience gave us valuable insight into how important this organization is to the people it helps. As part of the evening, we are also expecting a video presentation from Penny Deeter, a representative from the Tasiuqitigiit Society."

Tickets for Siaqtuut (See-ak-tut) – A Journey Together are priced at $50 each or $350 for a table of eight. Dress for the event is business or semi-formal. Students may purchase a ticket for $40.

Silent auction items and monetary donations to the cause are also appreciated. Contact, or visit this website: for tickets or additional information. Cocktails start at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6 p.m.