Helen Martiniuk, Lorraine Johnson, Linda Aitken and Nora Taylor cross Northfield Road as part of a photo shoot for a fundraiser calendar being put together by Eden Gardens dementia care facility. (Joseph Wittkofski photo)

Helen Martiniuk, Lorraine Johnson, Linda Aitken and Nora Taylor cross Northfield Road as part of a photo shoot for a fundraiser calendar being put together by Eden Gardens dementia care facility. (Joseph Wittkofski photo)

Eden Gardens’ calendar sure to be a chart-topper

Dementia care facility working on fundraiser project

Eden Gardens is working on a holiday fundraiser it hopes will be a hit.

The dementia care home is putting together a calendar project that features staff and residents of Eden Gardens and their families getting inspired by musical acts from the past. The centre recently held up traffic in order to get an Abbey Road-style photo on a crosswalk on Northfield Road.

The calendar carries on the success of a previous sold-out version that featured movie and television re-enactments.

“Funds raised through the sale of these calendars go directly to programs that help the residents learn and grow every day through art, drama, horticulture and music,” noted a press release from Eden Gardens. “These programs provide creative and safe outlets that evoke emotions people with dementia are often not able to express. You see them laugh, learn and share their joy when engaged in these creative situations.”

Eden Gardens dementia care facility is home to 130 residents and is operated by the not-for-profit Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Society.

The calendars are expected to be ready in early December. To pre-order a calendar or to make a donation, contact Eden Gardens at 250-760-2646.

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