Zombies have invaded Skona House in Frenchman’s Cove for a fundraiser. — Photo courtesy of Robert White
FRENCHMAN’S COVE Battling life-threatening illnesses is perhaps the scariest thing any person can go through, but, on a less serious note, some people in Frenchman’s Cove are hoping to evoke some fear throughout the community.
Joanne White, and some family and friends, wanted to do something to help two women from the community who are going through some difficult times. When families are struck by medical problems, it is not only a strenuous time physically and emotionally, but also financially.
Darlene Hickey, a woman known for her compassion toward others in need, has been struggling with her health following a stroke. She has had to travel to St. John’s for medical reasons a number of times, and it has been hard on her and her family.
Mavis Ruth has been battling cancer, and has also had to travel to St. John’s for treatments.
If the illnesses could be scared out of their bodies, Frenchman’s Cove would be the place to be this weekend. Unfortunately, their hopes fall upon more conventional treatments, while the community rallies to lend them a supportive shoulder and a helping hand.
“We wanted to do an event here in the community, and also help those two ladies,” White said. “They have been through a lot.”
Due to some of those helping hands, Skona House has been infected. All who walk the property and enter the premises turn into mindless zombies. There are some survivors, however, and they can be found walking the grounds. People, who are not faint of heart and at least 12 years of age, are encouraged to join them for guided tours of the zombie-infested grounds.
“We are all into zombies,” White said. “We watch ‘The Walking Dead’ every Sunday night, so we wanted to do something with the zombie theme.”
White was keeping some of the surprises secret, not wanting to ruin the horror for the visitors, but she said there are zombies and other spectacles throughout the outside trail and house.
It is the first time such an event has been held in the community, and White hopes it will become an annual Halloween season tradition.
“If we get a really good turnout, we may do something different with a haunted house as a fundraiser next year,” she said. “We are the type of people who don’t mind giving up their time and doing this.”
The first tours were Friday evening, while the second opportunity will be Sunday from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Young boys and girls, 12 years and under, will get an opportunity to see a scaled-down, daytime version of the infested environment Sunday from 1-4 p.m. the tours are between 25-30 minutes and ideally suited for groups between six and 10.
All proceeds will go to Hickey and Ruth, to help them financially in their time of need.