Pendant draw to benefit Mission’s Stone Soup Initiative

The fundraising campaign is sponsored by Lanka Jewels and proceeds will go to the Stone Soup Initiative to help battle homelessness.

If you haven’t purchased your raffle ticket for a chance to win a $4,000 pendant, then time is running out.

The fundraising campaign is sponsored by Lanka Jewels and proceeds will go to the Stone Soup Initiative to help battle homelessness.

The pendant is a literal soup bowl of gorgeous stones and the draw is set for Dec. 23. Tickets for the draw are $20.

“Sales are pretty steady right now, but there’s only 13 or 14 days left,” said Ken Selvaraja, owner of Lanka Jewels.

So far the campaign has raised between $8,500 and $9,000. However, the goal is to reach the $20,000 mark.

I think it’s time to get the corporate community involved,” said Selvaraja.

He said most ticket buyers are random, generous members of the public, but he’d like to see more business professionals step up. That’s why he’s decided to make buying tickets easier.

Selvaraja said from now on, Lanka Jewels will be accepting ticket purchases over the phone, rather than in person.

“If they want to buy tickets – a block of tickets, book of five, book of 10 or even one – they can phone and give us their order and we will put it through on their credit card.”

Lanka’s number is 604-826-5766.

The Stone Soup Initiative draws its inspiration from the old tale that tells the story of how something great for everyone can be created if we all just contribute a little bit.

In Mission, government, citizens, businesses and community groups have been inspired by the story, and are acting in concert to enact 35 different community actions meant to reduce homelessness.

The SSI is overseen by a committee of community leaders, including Bob Ingram, Judith Ray, Sanjay Gulati and Kirsten Hargreaves.