November 4, 2013 - Teachers from IE Weldon Secondary School are out in the community again, this time 'Paddling for Home'.
Soliciting donations for A Place Called Home using a twenty-five foot long cedar strip canoe at local grocery stores, members are making an impact. On their first time out, in just over 6 hours, they collected nearly a quarter tonne of food, as well as cash donations.“While this was rewarding in itself, and the shelter directors were awestruck by the response, it was the reaction from community members that was the most gratifying to participants” said IE Weldon Branch President Colin Matthew.
Over two days, Matthew estimates that the 15 teachers involved spoke to hundreds of community members who stopped to get a look at the canoe and contribute to the effort. Some shared their personal stories. “There was a women who told us that she had just left the shelter two weeks ago, and was glad to see us supporting such a worthy cause,” Matthew noted. “She was able to contribute two cans of soup. It seems like such a small act, but it’s a powerful thing”.
A Place Called Home is a charitable, non-profit organization serving the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County, that has been providing shelter and 24/7 support services to the homeless, and those at risk of becoming homeless, for more than 17 years.
Members at IE Weldon are hoping to repeat their efforts, and to make it an bi-annual event, taking place in both the fall and spring.