Gyrfalcon Auction, 2006

 

Below are the four charitable organizations that benefited equally from the proceeds of our two best falcons.

1) St. Ann ’s Inuit Catholic Parish, Kangirsujuag, (Wakeham Bay), Quebec
Inuits from Fort Chimo, Payne River and Wakeham Bay helped me in 1968 in Northern Quebec to collect the great grandparents of the gyrfalcons I own today. 

2)  Pocket change for Change, Christian Childcare International
CCCI  www.ccare.ca is an organization that helps many destitute children in many countries regardless of their religion.  We receive many grateful letters from children and through personal visits with some of them, we believe it is a very worthwhile cause.

3)  Islamic College of B.C. Canada  Laidlaw Rd. Hope B.C.
Unfortunately the wars in the Middle East are sometimes based on religious differences.  We appreciate all religions and have great respect for Muslims and their attitude towards prayer and the poor.  My contact with them over several decades has taught me to appreciate them as devout religious people.  I strongly believe that in order to grow in your own religion you have to accept and support other people’s religions.

4)  Mother Theresa’s group, working in Lebanon, Palestine & Iraq
I believe that the Missionaries of Charity, (Mother Theresa’s group,) without any self interest, help the most destitute people in the world.  They help without any regards of a person’s religious beliefs.  I admire their attitude and their unselfish care for the poor.

Please go to the bottom of this page to read the thank you notes from these organizations.  Thank you.  John Lejeune

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The Background:
As a child I was taught to look after my brothers and sisters in Christ.  Once I grow up I realized that there are many other people besides Christians in this world.  As a young man I had the passion and burning desire to own a few white gyr falcons.  French Canadian wildlife officials in Quebec gave me permits.  The Inuit people in the Canadian Arctic helped and guided me to find them.  

  

Petachulik from Kangirsuk  brought me safely through some rough water on the Payne River and Ungava Bay in 1968.  There was one occasion near the Gyrfalcon Islands, where I almost lost my life.

  

Petachulik,  Eetook and their families from Kangirsuk ( Payne Bay )  Ungava.

  

The Inuit cowboys and Indians of 1968 inspecting my falcons are probably today excellent hunters, policemen, transport employees, fishermen or God knows what!

Later on, Arabs in Qatar, Morocco, Kuwait, Saudi and other places in the Middle East shared their knowledge about falconry with me and  taught me to train and take care of the birds.

  



  

  


I was not satisfied just to own a few white birds.  I had to breed them. This grew on me and mushroomed into a flourishing business, to a point that today, I own and have bred more white and  black gyrfalcons than anyone else in Canada.  

 
 
 


Again I have to thank the Muslim people in the Arab world for buying most of my birds over the last 30 years and helping me to overcome the bureaucracy of Wildlife and CITES people.

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Here are the thank you notes as we received them.
From Christian Child Care:
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Thank you for once again coming to the assistance of children in the developing world. Your generous contribution will provide our orphans in Bolivia with an improved shelter that will allow them to live in health and safety. May you be Blessed for your kindness to others."  Marian Cloutier for Christian Child Care International   www.ccare.ca 

From St. Ann 's Inuit Catholic Parish:
"Thank you for your letter and the cheque.  We appreciate it very much, especially at this time of the year when we prepare for the Christmas season.  First thing we will have to do is to provide heat for the gatherings, meals for all the people of the village; especially kids will have our attention.  As you know every thing here is excessively expensive, your contribution is very welcome and will be used for the benefit of the Inuit of this village.  Christmas is the most celebrated feast of the year, and with your help it will be even more joyful.  The Inuit of Kangirsujuaq and myself thank you very much,
J. Dion, OMI  

From Missionaries of Charity:
"We thank you for your gift.  Your intentions will be respected.  We appreciate your solidarity with the poorest of the poor.  God bless you and your family."  Sister Samuel, m.c.
(Sister cautioned us that they do not make any solicitation in the name of Mother Teresa.  It is not the way of their congregation to raise money.  They only accept money from people who decide by themselves to give to the poor.)

From Islamic College of BC:
I take great pleasure in expressing our thanks to your generous support to our school.  Our students would love to see you flying your falcons over our campus.  The purpose of our school is to provide a well-balanced education to build Muslim character and personality at an early age.  Your donation would help us to improve and upgrade our playground facilities.

I am sorry for the delay in replying to your email.   Since Br Mohammed is still on his Hajj journey, I will ask him to write you a few sentences in Arabic on his return.

With kind regards,  Paul Larm
Principal - Islamic College of British Columbia

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John and Ginny Lejeune and Monica Cromarty
(Wir sprechen Deutsch)                   
Phone: 604-796-9573
Fax: 604-796-9511

 

Auction 2006 for charity   
With God’s help, some knowledge, luck and determination, 
we bred in 2006 almost 50 pure gyrfalcons, 
more than twice as many as last year.