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Recent immigrant, local businesswoman helping with fundraising efforts to restore New Glasgow organ

Mun GIl Song and Betty Murphy stand outside the Pictou Lunch Box. Murphy said the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in New Glasgow is thankful for Song’s help in raising funds to restore their organ.
Mun GIl Song and Betty Murphy stand outside the Pictou Lunch Box. Murphy said the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in New Glasgow is thankful for Song’s help in raising funds to restore their organ. - Adam MacInnis

Mun Gil Song moved to Pictou County in September 2017. While she’s still getting used to the wintery weather, she said the people of the area have been good to her and have supported her business which she opened in July 2018 in Lyons Brook called The Pictou Lunch Box.

The restaurant, which serves Korean and other Asian cuisine, is located in front of the Birchwood Campground and Cottages owned by her brother-in-law, Jeff Chung. 

“I usually meet new people every day,” Song said. “They are very kind.”

Now Song wants to pay back some of that kindness by helping out with fundraising efforts to restore a 70-year-old pipe organ at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in New Glasgow.

Mungil began attending St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in New Glasgow last year, with her brother-in-laws family, after she arrived from Korea. The minister of the church is from Korea as well, so she said they enjoyed having someone from their native country to talk with.
Betty Murphy, who is a member of the St. Andrew’s Organ Restoration Committee, said they were very appreciative and a bit overwhelmed when Song approached them last fall about offering a two-day fundraiser. The restoration involves removing and cleaning the more-than 800 pipes which are part of the instrument, and will cost around $25,000, so every bit helps, but this fundraiser is significant.
“Mun Gil graciously offered to donate more than the 50 per cent of ticket sales we finally decided on," Murphy said. 

She believes it is a great example of how the new and old members of a community can work together for the benefit of both.
Tickets are being sold to be used on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and Thursday, Jan. 17. Tickets cost $15 with 50 per cent going towards the St. Andrew’s Organ Restoration Project. The tickets are for an entrée, cookies and a beverage. Ticket holders can choose anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For tickets or more info call Betty at (902) 759-8564.

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