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It was a day for the dogs: local organizations host fundraising events across SW Ontario

It was a day for the dogs: local organizations host fundraising events across SW Ontario

On Saturday several local organizations kicked off fundraising events, all for a good cause.

The fifth annual dog festival was hosted at the Fox and Hound Canine Retreat in Sarnia, following a two year hiatus.

“It’s everything dog. The whole thing is to celebrate dogs and the relationships we have with them,” said Donna Pyette, the executive director of the Sarnia & District Humane Society.

The event is meant to encourage dog adoption and highlight the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project.

“For over 110 years Coldwell Banker has helped people find their homes and now we’re trying to help dogs find their forever home,” said Karley Chamberlain, the director of marketing at CB southwest realty.

“By partnering with, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, the Coldwell Banker network has helped to find more than 40,000 dogs their furever homes.”

Amelia Humphries is one of several dog owners who adopted her nearly 2-year-old pup Fraya with help from the humane society.

“I saw her on the website and fell in love and knew I had to have her,” she said. “It was all around a good experience. We got to help out the humane society by helping them versus buying one.”

The donations raised from the event will go towards supporting the Sarnia & District Humane Society. According to the executive director, their goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of the day.

“Everyone has a spot in their heart for that organization and I think it really brings the community together,” Katie Fuller said.

In London, the Paws on the Green fundraiser by Leads Employment also kicked off this Saturday for the first time in Wortley village.

The event showcased pet-serving entrepreneurs and local craft businesses.

“It’s the first time for entrepreneurs to sell their services, their products, showcasing their talents to get into the labour market and into the gig economy, it’s very exciting,” said Wendy Lau, the CEO of Leads Employment Services.

According to Lau, proceeds from the event will go towards supporting lead’s clients with employment resources to support clients with disabilities or barriers.

“We need to support our small businesses and those that are dependent on the business they get from festivals.” 

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Community fundraising events need volunteers for success

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After two long years with no community or fundraising events, individuals and families have had the opportunity to choose from a variety of festivals, concerts, and fundraising events throughout Hastings Prince Edward County this summer.

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August and September will continue to offer the opportunity to get out and enjoy festivities. Not for profits and organizations rely on fundraisers and events to support critical programming in the community. Business benefits from individuals traveling to our community and supporting our hotels, restaurants and various stores. Tourism is critical to our economy and last weekend despite the heat hundreds of people attended the 12th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters/YMCA Ribfest at Centennial Park in Quinte West.

Events of this magnitude cannot run without the support of volunteers. The weekend event had over 50 volunteers donate over 1,000 volunteer hours in three days, thank you to all our volunteers for your unwavering support.

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On August 19, 20, and 21 West Zwick’s Park will be the site for Quinte Ribfest supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters and YMCA. We still have some volunteer spots available if you have your smart serve we have front and back bar openings, students looking for some volunteer hours can assist selling pop and water, assist in tasting tent, cleaning up and handing out wet naps, and on the gates. We are looking for adults to assist with 50/50 and ticket sales, gates and clean up. Kid Zone volunteers assist with activities. Come out enjoy Ambush on Friday night and Bentwood Rocker on Saturday Night and support two important organizations in HPE.

The first-ever Quinte Watersports Fair is planned for Saturday September 10. All organizations active in non-motorized watersports clubs, service providers, equipment suppliers will be exhibiting at the Fair, being held in the Lions Pavilion in West Zwick’s Park. This event is to bring awareness to the World Rowing Tour, which begins the following day and build excitement in all communities in the Quinte region about the potential of the Bay of Quinte for fitness and fun for all.

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The Fair organizers which include a rowing club, a sailing club and a paddling club would like to be able to offer some extra activities, such as short ‘round-the-buoys races’ between different types of boat, for example a coxed quad rowing boat and a kayak for club crews. Also build and race a cardboard boat for families. Organizers need some volunteers to organize and assist these events. Volunteers must be able to give a few hours per week from now until the event date, including September 10.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

Community Development Council Good Food Bag program is urgently recruiting volunteers including drivers, drivers’ assistants, packers, individuals to load and unload trucks, complete phone calls, cleaner and tidy area. Some heavy lifting involved in positions. Full training provided.

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Prince Edward Community Care needs volunteers to help in the Thrift Shop at 153 Main Street in Picton. Shifts are 3 hours per week 10am – 1pm or 1pm – 4pm. No experience is necessary, full orientation and training is offered. There are always experienced volunteers on site. All pandemic safety measures are in place. Positions include cash desk and sorting and price items. Community Care is particularly in need of volunteers to take a shift on Saturdays.

VIQ is currently seeking individuals interested in volunteering at Charity Bingos. Duties include calling back Bingos, assisting with payouts and monitoring games. Both Matinee and Main Bingo time slots are available. If you are 16 years of age or older and are interested in supporting Charity organizations, please contact.

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Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign is back from September 19 to 25 supporting Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation. Volunteers are needed to help with cookie decorating in each of the locations. This is a great opportunity to come out, support your hospital and have a great time. Perfect for students to achieve your high school volunteer hours.

Quinte Conservation is currently seeking volunteers to assisting with organizing and executing their 75 Anniversary Artisan Market Fundraiser. Duties include supporting committee with various components such as silent action items, setup and teardown, traffic control and crows control and providing information to guests and more. This will be an outdoor event.

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Belleville General Hospital Foundation is seeking a volunteer to act as a Mascot. Dr Max the Moose travels to various events, cheque presentations and fundraisers to bring awareness to the work of Belleville General Hospital Foundation. Bookings for Dr. Max the Moose could take place anytime of year, are often outside.

Volunteer & Information Quinte refers volunteers to more than 275 agencies throughout Hastings and Prince Edward counties. We are currently recruiting volunteers to fulfil the needs of our community. Please contact 613-969-8862 or visit our website at for more information volunteer opportunities and “Help Us Help Others.” VIQ is a United Way Member Agency.

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From races to art trails – fundraising events round up

From races to art trails – fundraising events round up
Verdi's Run & Raisesome ice cream, renamed for the Herts 10k

Rennie Grove Hospice Care is benefitting from this year’s Herts 10K while St Giles Hospice has announced an art trail for next summer. More on these events and others below.

Ice cream support for Rennie Grove Hospice Care Herts 10K

In a bid to encourage people to sign up and run the Herts 10K race this October, Verdi’s Italian restaurant in Clarence Park St Albans has teamed up with race organisers to rename their popular Rum and Raisin ice cream to RUN AND RAISESOME! The Herts 10K is the flagship fundraising event for Rennie Grove Hospice Care and organisers are going all out to make this year the biggest event to date. Posters and signage on the ice cream cart in the park and in-store on the menus will alert shoppers to the newly named flavour; whilst QR codes take them directly to the online sign-up page. The Herts 10K 2022 takes place on Sunday 9 October 2022.


City Hospice holds Forever Flowers display at Cardiff Castle

A display of sunflowers will open to the public at Cardiff Castle on Saturday 30 July. Thousands of Forever Flowers will feature in the display designed by award-winning local artist Katherine Jones. Organised by City Hospice, the Forever Flowers campaign provides an opportunity for people to unite and remember cherished family members, friends, colleagues and loved ones with unique and lasting tributes. The display is free to visit and will run until Sunday 14 August. Supporters will be able to collect their Forever Flower during the final weekend of the display and following the event. There is also an opportunity for personalisation as the flowers can be engraved after the display at a significantly reduced cost at participating Timpson stores. Forever Flowers supports the work of City Hospice, Cardiff’s local hospice.

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Cyclists Fighting Cancer challenge people to the PB for CFC

Cyclists Fighting Cancer is challenging people to be their best selves and break a personal best by taking part in their ‘PB for CFC’ challenge fundraiser this summer. Whether it’s running their fastest ever 5k, deadlifting their goal weight or making the most of the summer sunshine and trying a new water sport for the first time – participants can set their own Personal Best challenge to get fit, keep active and help a child living with cancer. The PB challenge can be completed solo or with a team.

Charities take part in British Transplant Games

July saw thousands of transplant patients, live donors, supporters, and guests will come together in Leeds for the Westfield Health British Transplant Games, the flagship event of charity Transplant Sport. 22 organisations from across the UK have come forward to show their support for the Games, generating over £400,000 and providing resources to ensure that the transplant community can reunite once again safely, after the UK lockdowns and shielding. The list of organisations includes long-term partners Westfield Health, Kidney Care UK, Anthony Nolan, the Donor Family Network, Icon Creative Design, Liquid Public Relations, and organisers MLS and NHS Blood and Transplant. Support includes Leeds City Council and the University of Leeds providing accessible facilities to host the Games’ sporting events, and local media company The Ark securing free, high-visibility outdoor advertising spots.

St Giles Hospice announces art sculpture trail for 2023

St Giles Hospice has officially announced the launch of March of the Elephants, a public art sculpture trail due to take place in Summer 2023. The event will celebrate the vibrancy and creativity that our community has to offer as well as showcasing a spectacular variety of talent across Lichfield, Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield. March of the Elephants will see St Giles Hospice team up with event experts Wild in Art, who have been delivering world class public art events across the globe for over ten years. More than 60 elephant sculptures will bring colour and joy to the streets, parks and open spaces across Lichfield, Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield, for ten weeks before being auctioned off to raise funds for St Giles Hospice. Decorated by local and national artists, designers and illustrators, the elephants will form an ‘unforgettable’ trail of colourful sculptures for visitors to discover and enjoy. The free public art event is set to benefit the whole community, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to join in the fun.

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Walk & Talk Trust holds 2022 Big Smile walks

The Big Smile is the name that the Walk & Talk Trust has given to its annual summer series of guided fundraising walks for adults across the North of England, this year taking place in July. There is no registration fee, with people asked to reach instead a £99 fundraising target. Funds raised through the Big Smile will enable the Trust to donate thousands of pairs of walking boots to schoolchildren and to groups of disadvantaged adults across the region. Additionally, the Trust will organise and promote walks for schools and support groups. July’s walks included around Beamish Museum, Tynemouth, and Raby Castle.

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Fund-raising events held for Indus Hospital and Health Network

Fund-raising events held for Indus Hospital and Health Network

ISLAMABAD    –    The fund-raising events for Indus Hospital and Health Network (free of cost cancer hospital Lahore) held in Berlin, Frankfurt and Münich the other day.

Dr Abdul Bari Khan, the founder of Indus Hospitals Network, along with his two dedicated team members Ibrahim Jamali and Pervaiz Ahmed arrived in Germany and participated in the fund-raising events.

Besides, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Germany Dr Muhammad Faisal, Counsel General Zahid Hussain, Head of chancery Shafaat Hussain, famous Pakistani TV artist/actor Nauman Ijaz also joined the events and appreciated the noble cause.

In the events, the Pakistani Community in Germany participated with full enthusiasm and donated 1,67,000 Euros to the administration of Indus Hospitals Network.

Dr Muhammad Faisal, the Ambassador, and Nauman Ijaz, the TV actor, along with other speakers addressed the ceremonies.

They thanked to the Pakistani community in Germany for donating funds for a free of cost cancer hospital chain wholeheartedly.

The said fund-raising can be a good and noble cause and empowering, especially when you know how much it matters to the people your efforts will help.

“To date, our fund-raising volunteers have tackled all manner of challenges,” said Dr Abdul Bari Khan in his address.

He said the Pakistani community in Germany has not only helped raise cancer awareness but they have also restored hope to hundreds of cancer patients in Pakistan.

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Event: Future Hope 50-50 Raffle Fundraising Event

Event: Future Hope 50-50 Raffle Fundraising Event

Check out the Early Bird Prizes, June 3, 10, 17 and 24
June 30th – 50-50 Raffle Draw, win up to $50,000
Get your tickets now and support Future Hope to help men Stand Tall Again!

Future Hope is a charitable non-profit organization committed to seeing individuals rebuild their lives in the transition from incarceration, release, and parole to being full members of society.

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Dundas and surrounding areas host fundraising cycling events

Dundas and surrounding areas host fundraising cycling events
A cyclist on the temporary Hatt Street bikeway shortly after it opened in August 2021

Two fundraising cycling events may impact traffic in and around Dundas, but won’t require any temporary road closures, according to the City of Hamilton.

Ride to Conquer Cancer comes to Dundas and Flamborough June 11 and 12, then ALS Revolution Ride hits Valley Town and Ancaster roads Sunday, Sept. 25.

“They are ‘moving lane occupancies’ with the assistance of Hamilton Police at all controlled intersections,” said city spokesperson Michelle Shantz.

Several Ride to Conquer Cancer routes pass through Dundas and Flamborough June 11 from 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 5 p.m., and again June 12 from 6 to 10 a.m.

Affected streets both days include: Brock Road, Harvest Road, Rock Chapel Road, Valley Road, York Road, Olympic Drive and Cootes Drive. Westoby Ice Surface on Olympic is identified as a “cheering station.”

More information on the Ride to Conquer Cancer can be found at:

The September ALS Revolution ride includes two routes, one 40 kilometres and one 90 km, both starting and finishing on Hatt Street at Shawn & Ed Brewing.

Both routes travel through Dundas to Cootes Drive and through Ainslie Wood to Wilson Street in Ancaster and Jerseyville Road, Shaver Road, Book Road, Butter Road, Fiddlers Green Road, and back to Dundas through Ainslie Wood residential streets to the Cootes Drive multi-use trail. The exact route through Dundas was not confirmed by deadline.

More information on the ALS Revolution ride can be found at

Ride to Conquer Cancer

June 11

Day 1 — Classic Route — Toronto to Hamilton

10 a.m. to noon

June 11

Day 1 — The Hammer — Toronto to Hamilton

12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

June 12

Day 2 — Classic Route — Hamilton to Niagara Falls

6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

—Maps provided by City of Hamilton

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Event: May Drive-Thru Fundraising Meal

Event: May Drive-Thru Fundraising Meal
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Microbrewery hosting Police Week fundraising events

Microbrewery hosting Police Week fundraising events

Numbers Brewing Company honors police officers by hosting fundraisers this week to benefit five police departments.

LISBON — The third week of May is National Police Week and Numbers Brewing Company is celebrating through Saturday. Throughout the week, they will be hosting a different police department each day and donating ten percent of their sales to help with equipment or community projects. Marketing and promotions director Randy Schneider said it’s a great way to connect the community to police officers.

“Along with the percent of sales going to help each department, this has turned out to be a great community bonding experience with each department … as each of the departments get to engage with citizens in a slightly different but fun atmosphere,” Schneider said.

Schneider, who also is a sergeant with Leetonia police, said he and his friends had spoken about doing a fun fundraiser that is a community-relations event. “This is more of a laid-back atmosphere for the officers and police departments to get to know people and give them a chance to talk to them a little more one on one in a more comfortable atmosphere where they don’t feel like it’s the whole uniform and badge type atmosphere,” he said. “It’s a great way for them to raise money.”

Schneider said the event is more than raising funds. For him, it’s a matter of humanizing the badge. “People were a bit hesitant when we first did it the first year,” he said. “After the first day people saw, oh wait, this isn’t just a cop. It’s kind of cool. I can talk to this guy I always see out doing traffic or responding to incidents.”

Schneider said he believes this will be the third year for the fundraiser. COVID had halted the event for the last couple of years, he said.

Numbers kicked Police Week off yesterday, hosting the Hancock County K9 unit featuring raffles and 85 cent wing night. Tonight, the Leetonia Police Department will be there at 6 p.m. For the rest of the week’s schedule, on Thursday, Columbiana police’s K9 unit will be there at 6 p.m. on Numbers bike night with $1 off Numbers drafts. Friday, Salem police’s K9 unit and handler Michael Garber will be there at 5 p.m. along with raffles and live music from Darren Miller. For the final night Saturday at 6 p.m., Lisbon police chief Michael Abraham and the Lisbon K9 unit will be present and they will be selling K9 merchandise including T-shirts, hoodies, can cozies and wine tumblers. Buddy Schneider will provide live music.

“I hope to see everyone out,” Schneider said.

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Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival returns with in-person event on June 11

Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival returns with in-person event on June 11

The Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival will return to Little Lake and Del Crary Park on June 11 after not being held in-person for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration will open at 12:01 a.m. on Friday at

It’s the 21st edition of the event, which raises funds for the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation in support of cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment.

It was cancelled in 2020 and held virtually last year, raising more than $95,000. COVID-19 protocols based on local and provincial guidelines will be in place.

“We are committed to creating a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all attendees and we have been working hard to update our safety protocols,” festival chair Michelle Thornton stated in a release.

A “fundracing” division will be set up for teams or people who are unable to participate in person.

“Proceeds of the 2022 Festival will allow Peterborough Regional Health Centre to invest in new state-of-the-art equipment and technology to serve more cancer patients, support earlier cancer diagnosis, and provide safer, more effective treatments,” said PRHC Foundation president and CEO Lesley Heighway.

Planned amenities for race day include the One Stop Dragon Boat Shop, a Family Fun Zone, the Dragon’s Lair, Loft and Nest luxurious tent experience for the top three fundraising teams, the Vendor Village Market with more than 40 vendors, the Thirsty Dragon beer garden and the flower ceremony open to the community at large to honour their loved ones.

The first three teams to register will win a free extra practice in a dragon boat on Little Lake.