In 1990, a group of friends started going to the homes of family and friends, singing traditional Ukrainian Christmas carols, and also asking for donations for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. This was the initial ideas of brothers Tim and Terry Baydala, as their mother Molly was afflicted with M.S. It was the group’s Flying Kozaks decision to start carolling that first year for the cause.
This year, 2020, was the 30th year of carolling for M.S. Over the years, the size of the group has varied and depended on who could make it. In 1993, there were only 3 men carolers who ventured out. On Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, the group consisted of 16 experienced men’s voices that have sung and/or sign with various choirs or bands: Axios, Viter, Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton, Flying Kozaks, Millenia and Trubka.
This group of 16 went carolling to places in, around and near Vegreville, Hairy Hill and Two Hills, Alta. This year, with the generous donations from the people who were carolled for, the group raised almost $4,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.