Christmas coffee house to help a family in need

Diane Crocker
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Marcel Janes, 19, has a long road to recovery ahead of him after the Corner Brook man suffered a serious head injury in an ATV accident Nov. 14.

CORNER BROOK  Corner Brook Regional High has seen its share of tragedy over the last few months, but tonight the focus will be on spreading cheer.

The Corner Brook Regional High House Band and Friends Christmas Coffee House will get underway in the foyer of the school at 7 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to aid the family of Marcel Janes. The 19-year-old Corner Brook man was seriously injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident near George’s Lake on Nov. 14 and remains in hospital in St. John’s.

Floyd Thomas is a music teacher at the school.

He said the decision to help the Janes family stems from the rough year the high school community has had over the past few months.

“We got a lot of bad news this year,” said Thomas. Two students of the school were killed in separate car accidents and a former substitute teacher is dealing with a medical issue within his own family.

“The latest was Marcel and his family is struggling with the overwhelming task of having to go to St. John’s.”

Thomas said “Marcel is getting better, but he’s still not out of the woods.”

He said two instructional resource teachers at the school with a connection to the family suggested the coffee house could be used to help the family.

“And we thought it was a great idea,” said Thomas.

“One to financially help the family in a tough time, but also to help the students of the school.

“Everybody knows either the three kids who were hurt or killed, or they know somebody who knows them, and we’ve got a pretty sombre atmosphere in our school in the last couple of months,” said Thomas. “It seems as you deal with one tragedy another one seems to come about.”

So he said the coffee house is also about spreading Christmas cheer to put a positive spin on a really bad fall.

The event will begin with coffee and cookies and then at 8 p.m. will move to the multipurpose room for the entertainment which will include all Christmas content.

Besides the house band, the school choir and some of the very talented performers at the school will also take to the stage. And Thomas said you don’t have to be there for the start of the show to get in as people will be welcome as long as the music is playing.

Admission at the door is by donation, however, Thomas noted there is a minimum amount.

Organizations: Corner Brook Regional High House Band, Friends Christmas Coffee House

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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