It may have been colder and wetter than organizers had hoped for the final day of the two week long Love South Dundas celebration, but the rain didn’t dampen spirits.
Wrap-up events took place on Sunday, June 24, in Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg with Tribeck Inflatables, juggler Bob Cates, face painting and fun tattoos and a big barbecue. In the evening the Howard family provided music for evangelist Chuck Price.
All the events were free. Organizers only asked that guests brought an item for the Dundas Food Bank.
Love South Dundas grew out of the endeavour of local churches to let residents of South Dundas know “we’re there and we desire to minister to them any way we can,” Reverend Duncan Perry of the Morrisburg Pentecostal Church told the Leader in an earlier interview.
This was the fourth year the Love South Dundas team has spearheaded positive events in local communities.
There were free car washes in both Morrisburg and Iroquois. Volunteers filled baskets with delicious baked goods (“Baked Blessings”) and delivered them to area service clubs.
People were also encouraged to do some small, random act of kindness for a neighbour or a stranger during the two weeks.
The idea was to show love and caring for the community and the people who live here.
On Sunday, juggler Bob Cates had everyone laughing and cheering as he put on an amazing show under the tent.
Chefs Ivan Shearer and Dwayne Hummel braved the rain to barbecue dogs and burgers for visitors.
In the evening, evangelist Chuck Price, who has a background in youth education and works with inner-city housing and among the underprivileged shared his message with visitors.
The cold, wet weather was disappointing, but Reverend Perry had nothing but praise for the generosity of the business community (which supported the day) and the hard work and dedication of the Love South Dundas team.
Last weekend, fire fighters were out in Iroquois with the familiar boot asking people to help in the fight against muscular dystrophy. On Friday, August 24, representatives of the South Dundas Fire Emergency crews were out collecting in Morrisburg for the national charity. Jason Denio (l) and Kent Nugent said they “hoped to raise as much as we can” for the cause. Eight to ten local firefighters took part in the “boot drive” at different locations in and around the plaza inviting people to help in the fight.
WILLIAMSBURG – The rain held off and 10 teams held on here Saturday to raise $5,045 for the Dundas County District Chapter of Easter Seals Ontario. That brings the 12 year total of the Brian and Tracey Shaver organized ball hockey tournament to over $40,000, an amount the Shavers and all of the ball hockey players are very proud of.
This year’s double knock out event attracted 10 teams, down one from last year’s record 11 teams.
For the third consecutive year, it was the James Morrell entry finishing as the champs. Playing for the Morrell team were Kelly Morrell, Laura MacDonnell, Lindsay Waddell, Dave Summers, Greg Millard, James Morrell, Adrian Glauser, Daniel Glauser and Colin Moran (goalie).
For this year’s win, the Morrells knocked off Team Francis which included Andrea Francis, Scott Francis, Jamie Francis, Adam Schofield, Chelsea Seguin, Debby Berwick-Seguin, Will Mclean and Paul Flaro.
Money is raised for Easter Seals through pledges, with each player asked to collect a minimum $25 in pledges. Getting the most pledges this year was Jason Rooney at $475.
The Dundas County Chapter of Easter Seals assists children living in Dundas County with physical disabilities.
The Chapter counts annually on three major fundraisers, the ball hockey tournament, Snowarama and a blooperball tournament along with the annual Easter Seals Paper Egg Campaign.
The Dundas Chapter now consists of just four committee members and it assists 14 children living in Dundas County.
“We need this [successful ball hockey tournament] because we are down in events, and we are a small committee,” said secretary Harriet Clarke. “As always the community has been very generous with our prizes today and Brian and Tracey [Shaver] do a wonderful job. It is a lot of work. Brian and Tracey do this out of the goodness of their heart. They deserve the credit and a huge pat on the back.”
According to Chapter Chair, Ian MacLaughlin, the group is looking for volunteers. “This would allow us to diversify and to take on more activities.”
“We would like to make more people in the Dundas County Community aware of us and what we do. We would also like to reach out to the parents out there who don’t know they can access us.
To find out more about the District Council for Easter Seals, local residents can contact any member of the committee. In addition to MacLaughlin and Clarke, they include Bob Ruddock and Deanna MacKillican.