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Upcoming Events & Current Fundraising

The IWK Auxiliary recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. Several special events were held throughout the year.  Founded by a group of 22 women in May 1946, the Auxiliary has served as a source of volunteer support and as a major fund raising throughout its history.

Our major fund raising efforts are the gift shoppe, Biggs & Littles, and our annual fair, Kermesse.  We appreciate  the support of the greater IWK community and wish to remind you that  funds raised by the Auxiliary are dedicated to supporting the mandate of this Health Centre.

Biggs & Littles

The Auxiliary has run an in house gift shoppe since 1970. The original shoppe was located in the main lobby of the IWK Hospital for Children and was a very popular destination for the local community. In 2005 the new shoppe, Biggs & Littles, opened in the Gallery of the Goldbloom Pavilion and is a wonderful place to pick up gifts, flowers, cards and other special items. Now our largest fund raising project the shoppe is operated by Manager, Lisa Mason, and a bevy of very dedicated volunteers. Visit us on Facebook for photos & sales news: 





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Kermesse 2018 Flea Market

Where: Gorsebrook School, South Street (at the corner of Robie Street and South Street, Halifax)
When: Saturday, May 26, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Flea Market donations will be accepted at our depot until May 12, 2018.  For our depot's location and hours, click: 


We still need volunteers to help with loading up the moving truck (with donations for flea market)!  Come to our storage depot at 2021 Brunswick Street (see above link to poster).  Meet our Operations Coordinator there around 1pm on Thursday, May 24th if you can help until 2:30pm!   

We also need volunteers to meet at Gorsebrook School on South Street to help unload the truck - and bring boxes into the gym.  And set up tables.  Meet our Flea Market Coordinator there at 2:15pm on Thursday, May 24th if you can help until 5-5:30pm!

Kermesse 2018 Art Show and Sale

The Show and Sale runs over the week leading up to and including Kermesse day! Over 100 pieces by local artists will be available for sale. Proceeds will support Auxiliary activities for the care and comfort of patients and families at the IWK. 

Please join us in May. Come and browse and maybe buy!

Where: Chase Gallery, NS Archives, University Ave., Halifax
When: May 17 - 26, 2018

Opening Reception
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7pm to 9pm

Art Show
May 18, 2018, 9:00am - 4:30pm
May 22, 2018, 9:00am - 4:30pm
May 23, 2018, 9:00am - 8:00pm
May 24, 2018, 9:00am - 4:30pm
May 25, 2018, 9:00am - 4:30pm
May 26, 2018, 9:00am - 5:00pm

See poster:


Art Gallery Raffle
Art Show Raffle items include a lovely water colour by Steve Buckland, a handmade queen size quilt valued at $600, two limited edition Disney collectible dolls, and, last but not least, one of three ten pound bags of scallops! Tickets are available at the IWK gift shop, Biggs and Littles, for $2 each or $3 for $5. Click here for raffle item photos:


Kermesse 2018 Children’s Activities 

The Auxiliary annually brings the IWK community together with its Kermesse fair. This event raises funds for IWK patient care and comfort items and programs - all while giving patients, their families, and the public a really fun experience! 

This year Children's Activities (along with Silent Auction and Gallery Sales) will be re-joining Flea Market and the Art Show and Sale in May! (In recent years, these components had been held in September). Everything this year will culminate in the fair's big day - Kermesse, Saturday, May 26th, 2018!   

Children's Activities will be taking place on the grounds of the IWK Health Centre (University Avenue), with some treats to be found within the IWK Gallery, such as candy, baked goods, and balloon sales. These IWK Kermesse events will take place from 10:00am - 3:00pm

Children's Actvities will include the popular trackless train ride, a bouncy castle on the grounds facing University Avenue, and many mini-carnival games within the IWK Playgarden.  Families will love trying out our mini mini-golf course!  Little ones will win prizes at the fish pond and ring toss games, and enjoy climbing around in the inflatable "Animal Farm."  Then grab some popcorn and move on to the next games station or the Teddy Bear Clinic. The IWK Child Life team organizes this fun outdoor clinic where your child can bring their own stuffed animal (or pick one up there) for treatment and an X-ray.  If your child's beloved bear (or other huggable toy) needs a bandage, the clinic volunteers will fix Teddy up! 

The Halifax Concert Band will make you tap your toes in the Newman Gardens, and maybe the animals in the Petting Zoo will dance along!

For a change of scenery, visit the booths inside the IWK Gallery, Richard Goldbloom Pavilion (University Avenue).  And all families should check out this year's fabulous Silent Auction around the corner from the Gallery - inside the Women's Site building, IWK Parker Reception Room

Kermesse 2018 Silent Auction 

This year we are preparing for a fantastic Silent Auction! On Saturday, May 26th you will be able to bid on many items in the IWK Parker Reception Room (Women's Site, University Avenue) - each of them generously donated by businesses or individuals, some of them hand crafted!

Are you worried your children or teens will be bored at a Silent Auction?  Not this year!  There will be entertainment in the Parker Reception Room in the form of a Photo Booth.  Your teen, their friends, and their younger siblings can have fun taking photos with the booth attendant while you browse our Silent Auction tables for treasures.  The photos will be available as lab-quality prints within seconds! The kids will have a blast posing with the props, while you can bid on some amazing finds, among them:

- a gift certificate to daMaurizio restuarant

- a gift basket from Pete's frootique 

- a day pass with cart to Avon Valley Golf Course

- an item from East Coast Lifestyle

- handmade Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls

Come and see these and all the other wonderful items on Saturday, May 26th! 

Kermesse 2018 Online Auction 

A new addition to Kermesse for this year is our Online Auction.  Generously donated to the IWK Auxiliary (and available only for online bidding from now until Wednesday, May 23rd) is a VIA Rail Canada travel voucher for $1000.00!  This travel credit is applicable on any trip on board VIA Rail Trains.  Once the winner is confirmed, the IWK Auxiliary will mail the winner's contact information to VIA Rail and they will courier the travel voucher to the winner's address.  We will ask the winner to come to the Silent Auction in the IWK Parker Reception Room on Kermesse Day, May 26th, in order to confirm their prize and take some publicity photos.  (Details will be arranged between May 24th and the 26th.) 

Do not miss this amazing opportunity from VIA Rail and the IWK Auxiliary, and support a great cause!  Bid now and bid often at:


 IWK Auxiliary pre-Kermesse 2018 Newsletter

The countdown is on to the IWK Auxiliary's fundraising fair, Kermesse! This year, Children's Activities and the Gallery Sales move from September back to May, re-joining the Flea Market and Art Show and Sale. Everything culminates on Kermesse Day, Saturday, May 26, 2018.

Please click below to download the IWK Auxiliary's newsletter, Update, to find out all the details and dates for Kermesse events: Children's Activities and the Gallery Sales, Silent Auction, Flea Market and the Art Show and Sale. Everything culminates on Kermesse Day, Saturday, May 26, 2018.