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The Community Food Share was awarded $10,000 to install a new generator for their Winchester location to ensure refrigerated food remains unspoiled. Back, from the left, Eric Duncan and members of the 100 Men Who Care committee Devon Byers, Dan Pettigrew and Dan Gasser; front, from the left, director of the Community Food Share Jim Wilson, Diane Crummy, Community Food Share team leader Jane Schoones, Paul Renaud and Arnold Scheerder, member of the Dundas County Hospice board of directors. Glover photo

WINCHESTER – The second annual 100 Men Who Care North Dundas event gathered 121 men from around the area to donate $100, to one of six organizations to be voted on including Dundas County Hospice, Winchester District Memorial Hospital, Community Food Share, North Dundas District High School and the Boys and Girls Club. The organizations that received the most votes during the event would benefit from the raised funds.

A total of $12,100 was raised from the event, awarding the Winchester Community Food Share $10,000 for a new generator to ensure meat and other perishable foods do not spoil in their refrigerators.

“I began with the Community Food Share on July 2 and when I walked in and realized how much refrigeration we had, I realized that was number one priority,” said Jane Schoones, the new team leader of the Community Food Share. “So, I spoke to the board members and made them realize that we are in the business of refrigeration and that was a priority; everyone came on board right away.”

This became a more glaring issue for the food share when one of their units has an issue with its compressor this past summer and a walk-in freezer went down at their Morrisburg location.

“We were fortunate and lost [only] a small amount of food but that solidified the fact that we need a generator for our Winchester location,” said Schoones. “This is because the Winchester location supports the Crysler and Finch food bank.”

Schoones and her team hope to have the generator installed as soon as possible.

The Dundas County Hospice was awarded the remaining $2,100 for their Grief and Bereavement program to support grieving families and friends.

“This will include bringing professional grief counselling services into our program, one-on-one support from trained volunteers,” said Arnold Scheerder, member of the Dundas County Hospice’s board of directors. “The present program is facilitated by a registered nurse and five trained volunteers; we need to improve on that and expand on it.”

Conservative candidate for the SDSG riding, Eric Duncan emceed the evening and mentioned the continuing success of the event, including the 100 Women Who Care.

“This movement of 100 Who Care started in South Dundas, the women’s chapter is about four years strong now and this is the fourth event we’ve had between the men and women in North Dundas,” he said. “When we get done here tonight, we’ll have raised $63,000 for local causes in North Dundas.”

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