Hadfield to speak in Abbotsford

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield to headline Habitat for Humanity gala at Abbotsford Centre on Oct. 3.

Chris Hadfield

World famous astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield will be in Abbotsford on Oct. 3 to headline Habitat for Humanity’s first-ever gala.

The fundraiser, to be held at Abbotsford Centre, is billed as one of the largest to ever be held in the city.

Hadfield, an astronaut who commanded the International Space Station, will be the guest speaker at the gala, titled “The sky is not the limit,” in support of Habitat for Humanity Upper Fraser Valley.

Hadfield travelled to space several times, but it was on his final trip that he became a media sensation with his social media postings and videos from space. He concluded his time in space with a weightless rendition of David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity.” Hadfield has since retired from the Canadian Space Agency.

Doors to the event open at 5:30 pm. A gourmet dinner will be served. Dining music will be provided by Calvin Dyck and the West Coast String Quartet.. There will be a live and silent auction featuring more than $56,000 worth of art, and you can dance to the music of Topaz. Tickets are $150 each or $1000 for a table of 8.

Habitat for Humanity UFV raises operating funds through its Restore in Abbotsford. Since 2001 it has brought 8 projects to completions. This include new homes, as well as renovations. In 2013, the organization built a home on Farmer Road. Those attending the gala will be supporting the Habitat for Humanity home building program and help restore hope for families in need.

Hadfield has also requested that time be made for him to talk to students. Habitat for Humanity has arranged to have a Student Matinee event from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. prior to the Gala October 3. Principals and teachers at the schools in Chilliwack, Mission and Abbotsford have all been contacted. Students interested in attending, can approach their teachers for the package that has been prepared for them, and which will include a ticket to get in to hear Hadfield speak.

Tickets are going quickly for the Gala. For tickets and more information visit our website: www.habitatgala.com.

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