South Surrey church vandals damage sign

Damage won't quash enthusiasm for upcoming spring luncheon fundraiser.

Vandalism to an outdoor sign may have put a dent in advertising efforts for members of St. Mark’s Anglican Church Women’s group, but it has not quelled enthusiasm for their annual spring luncheon and sale.

“We go ahead anyway,” Gillian Jones, past-president of the group, said Tuesday of the May 26 event.

“It’s just sort of a disappointment that we can’t get (the sale) across.”

Jones said group members were gearing up to advertise the event – their biggest fundraiser of the year – in a glass-panelled sign that typically stands in front of the 12953 20 Ave. church when vandals struck. It’s believed the damage was done overnight May 12. Details of the sale, which takes place this Saturday, were to be posted May 14.

The sign, she added, was just purchased last year, and will cost about $800 to repair.

“They made it non-usable,” Jones said.

The sale and luncheon typically raises about $2,000 for the ACW, which disburses the funds to various charities and causes each December. Past benefactors have included Atira Women’s Resource Society and the Peace Arch News Christmas Fund.

This year, it’s set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, and is to feature crafts, baking and more.

Jones is hopeful the forced reduction in advertising won’t affect the turnout.

“A lot of people look out for it,” she said.