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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 fundraising 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.  Please read about just some of our fundraising projects: 


*NEW - IWK Auxiliary Holiday Wrapping Booth, November-December 2018 - at the Halifax Shopping Centre

We are looking for volunteers from Nov. 30 to Dec. 24. So, if you love to wrap and to support a good cause, please sign up using this link!



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: 




KERMESSE EVENTS for Sat. May 25th, 2019 - tba



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Kermesse 2019 Flea Market

Where: Gorsebrook School, South Street (at the corner of Robie Street and South Street, Halifax)
When: to be announced soon

Flea Market donations will be accepted at our depot in early 2019.  For our depot's location and hours, you will soon be able to click: 



Kermesse 2019 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: to be announced soon

Opening Reception
to be announced soon 

Art Show Dates - to be announced soon

For our art show's dates and times, you will soon be able to click: 


Art Gallery Raffle
The 2017 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! The 2019 prizes are yet to be determined, but tickets will again be available at the IWK gift shop, Biggs and Littles, for $2 each or $3 for $5.  For our 2019 art show's dates and times, you will soon be able to click: 


Kermesse 2019 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) again 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, date in May to be determined soon!   

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

Last year's Children's Actvities included the popular trackless train ride, a bouncy castle on the grounds facing University Avenue, and many mini-carnival games within the IWK Playgarden.  Families loved trying out our mini mini-golf course!  Little ones won prizes at the fish pond and ring toss games, and enjoyed climbing around in the inflatable "Animal Farm."  Then it was time to grab some popcorn and move on to the next games station - or the famous Teddy Bear Clinic. (The IWK Child Life team annually organizes this fun 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!)

Last year, the Halifax Concert Band made us tap our toes in the Newman Gardens, and the Petting Zoo animals enjoyed the music, too!

For a change of scenery, you'll be able to visit booths inside the IWK Gallery, Richard Goldbloom Pavilion (University Avenue).  And everyone should check out the annual fabulous Kermesse Silent Auction.  In 2018, it was held inside the Women's Site building, IWK Parker Reception Room, and raised $4000 for the IWK Health Centre!  The 2019 Silent Auction, date tbd, promises to be just as fantastic.   

Kermesse 2019 Silent Auction 

This year we are preparing for a fantastic Silent Auction! On Saturday, in late May (date tbd), you will be able to bid on many items, most likely in the IWK Parker Reception Room again (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!  Again, there will be entertainment in the Silent Auction room. Last year we had a very popular Photo Booth!  Teens and their younger siblings had fun taking photos with the booth attendant while parents browsed our Silent Auction tables for treasures.  The photos were available as lab-quality prints within seconds! The kids had a blast posing with the props, while parents 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

We plan to collect Silent Auction items just as fantastic as the above for Kermesse 2019! 

Kermesse 2019 Online Auction - Plans Underway!

A new addition to Kermesse for 2018 was our Online Auction.  Generously donated to the IWK Auxiliary (and available only for online bidding up to Kermesse day in 2018) was a VIA Rail Canada travel voucher for $1000.00!  This travel credit was applicable on any trip on board VIA Rail Trains.  Once the happy winner was confirmed, the IWK Auxiliary mailed his contact information to VIA Rail and they couriered the travel voucher to his home address.  We hope to have the same or equally fantastic online auction prize for bidding again for 2019!  We will again ask the winner to come to the Silent Auction (likely in the IWK Parker Reception Room) on Kermesse Day, May 2019 (date tbd), in order to confirm their prize and take some publicity photos.  (Details will be arranged prior to Kermesse.) 

We hope to share this amazing online bidding opportunity from a prize sponsor and the IWK Auxiliary again, all in support of a great cause!  2018 online bidding took place on ViewBid at:


 IWK Auxiliary pre-Kermesse Newsletter; 2019 issue arrives Spring 

The countdown to the IWK Auxiliary's fundraising fair, Kermesse, will begin before you know it! This year, Children's Activities and the Gallery Sales again move from September back to May, re-joining the Flea Market and Art Show and Sale. Everything culminates on Kermesse Day, Saturday in late May (date tbd), 2019.

Please click below to get a sense of what Kermesse offers; this is last year's 2018 pre-Kermesse newsletter.  Download the IWK Auxiliary's newsletter, Update, to find out all the details about the 2018 Children's Activities and the Gallery Sales, Silent Auction, Flea Market and the Art Show and Sale.  The new pre-Kermesse issue will be published sometime in the early Spring of 2019.  Remember, everything always culminates on Kermesse Day!