'Robbie Burns Night' annual party drawing to a close

Anthony Abbondanza
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The 22nd edition of the annual party will be held this Saturday, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Hymus Resto Bar in Pointe Claire

Saturday night’s Robbie Burns Night will be the last time the West Island Children’s Charity stages the annual Scottish party.

After 22 years of dishing the best Scottish-themed parties west of Montreal, the West Island Children’s Charity (WICC) will stage its very last Robbie Burns Night this Saturday.

Asked why the sudden end to the annual West Island tradition which celebrates the famed Scottish poet Robert Burns, organizer Ian Grant said “it’s the right time to hang up the cleats.”

“Sooner or later, things have to end. You get to choose the time when to end on a high note,” he added.

This year’s 22nd edition, held at the Hymus Resto Bar in Pointe Claire, figures to be as memorable as year’s past – with Scottish meat pies, whiskey, and the serving and addressing of the infamous haggis, courtesy of Doogie McMahon, who’s travelling from Calgary just for the event.

And there’ll be prizes, too.

First class via rail tickets worth more than $1000 (business class round-trip between Montreal and Toronto), airline tickets courtesy of Air Inuit, and overnight accommodations at Chateau Vaudreuil are up for grabs.

“For me it’s an opportunity to say thank you to all the people who’ve supported the party for many years,” said Grant, founder of the WICC.

And for one last time, Salty Dog, the Montreal Pipes and Drums, and the Montreal Highland Dance Association will donate their time for what’s sure to be memorable performances.

Tickets to the party, which begins at 6:30 p.m. cost $25 and are available in Pointe Claire at Bar Hymus or at Kennedy Celtic Boutique or by contacting WICC.

All proceeds generated will be donated to the Montreal Children’s Hospital. To date, over $300,000 has been raised for the hospital, a figure that’s helped the hospital’s foundation in its mission its patients.

“People like Ian Grant and the loyal supporters of the West Island Children’s Charity are one of the key reasons The Children’s is known for such high quality care. They have not only been generous of their time and money, but have also done so year after year for almost 18 years. We are very grateful for their commitment, which has helped change the lives of countless patients and families assisted by The Children’s social services team,” said Marie-Josee Gariepy, president of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.  

After the pies and beef have been eaten, the drinks drunk, and the prizes won, Grant is hoping that figure reaches the $350,000 mark.

For more information on Robbie Burns Night, contact The Hymus at 514-426-5000 or visit www.robbieburnsnight.com 

The WICC not only supports the Montreal Children’s Hospital, but also provides local assistance in and around the West Island. For more information on the charity, visit www.thechildrenscharity.net.

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Organizations: West Island Children, Air Inuit, Montreal Pipes Montreal Highland Dance Association Hospital Foundation

Geographic location: Montreal, Pointe Claire, West Island Calgary Toronto West Island.For

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