Schlegel Villages shatters goal during 2nd annual Hand Up for Haiti fundraiser
For Haiti's largest microfinance institution Fonkoze, $25,000 goes a long way towards providing opportunities for women and their families to claw out of the suffocating poverty so many Haitians know in their everyday lives.
When Schlegel Villages came together last year to raise money for Fonkoze’s Chemen Lavi Miyò, an asset-building education program designed to bring the ultra-poor out of extreme poverty by teaching women the skills needed to receive small loans and launch new business enterprises, the goal was to raise $10,000.
The grand total was closer to $25,000.
This year, keeping expectations humble and knowing things are tight in households everywhere, the team set out to raise $15,000 during the second annual Hand Up for Haiti 5K Walk/Run at the Williamsburg Town Centre in Kitchener Sept. 9.
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The final total rests in the neighbourhood of $40,000, with community members and partners, residents, families and team members from across the organization combining efforts in a display of generosity that recreation and community partnerships consultant Christy Parsons says is nothing short of inspirational.
“It was absolutely amazing,” she says.
“We had a resident from Taunton Mills donate $5,000 and attend the event to cheer on the team that walked from Taunton Mills; we had seven villages represented; a high number of residents participated; team members came from Barrie and all over the place — it was just an amazing event to be part of.”
In terms of her organization’s role as a central hub of the community, it couldn’t be more clear to Christy that they’re doing something right when a fundraiser such as this draws people of all backgrounds, with or without direct connections to the villages, to come together to help a cause that has such lasting impact on the lives of so many people.
Her gratitude is hard to contain as she describes big-ticket monetary sponsors working alongside small businesses who donate time and manpower to make the event memorable.
Some residents can only give a small amount, but they do so without question, knowing their contributions are part of a greater good through the community they’re connected to in Schlegel Villages.
It’s hard to find something more meaningful than that, Christy agrees, and it’s one more example of how these villages are more than places to live; they’re places where life thrives with purpose, meaning and some of the greatest gifts of human generosity.
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