Help fight homelessness by enjoying a pancake brunch

Batter Up – Port Cares staff is all ready for Tuesday’s Toque Tuesday Port Cares Pancake Brunch fundraiser to help fight homelessness. From left: Amanda Upper, site supervisor Port Cares Reach Out Centre, Port Care executive director Christine Clark Lafleur, Sarah Eller, Port Cares client services manager and Dean Rochefort, kitchen and facilities coordinator Port Cares Reach Out Centre.

Everyone wants to help out and put an end to homelessness. You can do your part in Port Colborne Tuesday Feb. 7 by enjoying Port Cares Toque Tuesday Port Cares Pancake Brunch.

For over 20 years, Raising the Roof has been fundraising to help fight homelessness across Canada. Port Cares has partnered with Raising the Roof, they hold a pancake brunch in addition to participating in the Raising the Roof Touque Campaign. Fifty percent of money raised will go into directly supporting Port Cares Client Services.

“I think it still comes as a shock and a surprise to people in our community, Port Colborne and Wainfleet, that there is actually homelessness here,” Port Cares executive director Christine Clark Lafluer said. “We may not see it day-to-day on the streets, it may not be as visible as larger centres like Toronto, but, it is here.”

“There is a least a hundred people that we know of that are living precariously,” she said.  “They are either in and out of the hostels or are living with day-to-day arrangements with friends and family.”

The Toque Tuesday Port Cares Pancake Brunch is Tuesday Feb. 7 at the Port Cares Reach Out Centre, 61 Nickel St. Port Colborne, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the brunch or $15 for the brunch and a Raising the Roof Toque. Advance tickets can be purchased at Port Cares and Tender Cuts at 572 King St. and will be available at the door on the day of the event.

The event has attracted the help of many volunteers including Port Colborne Mayor John Maloney, Wainfleet Township Mayor April Jeffs, Giant FM Radio personalities Brian Salmon and Chuck Lafleur and Country 89 host Chrison.

“Volunteers are the heartbeat of this event,” Clark Lafleur said. “We appreciate all the support they provide and the ambassadorship they provide. Through their direct involvement in different events, helps them share the message with their colleagues.”

Members of Lakeshore Catholic High School’s rowing team held a fundraiser which resulted in 77 lbs of bacon being donated to Port Cares for their Toque Tuesday Pancake Brunch. From left to right: Riley O’Neill, Ryleigh Sliter, Devon MacLeod, Mackenna Russell, Mai Moreau, Rowan O’Neill and Max Ruber.

The outpouring of businesses supporting the event has been incredible, sausage and bacon for the event was donated by Tender Cuts.

“Port Colborne and Wainfleet are such wonderful giving communities,” Clark Lafleur said.

Students from the Lakeshore Catholic High School rowing club also did some fundraising which resulted in 77 lbs of bacon being donated to the event.

The money raised goes directly into funding operations at the Reach Out Centre.

“The proceeds of all the core events we do, it all goes to funding the operations at the Reach Out Centre,” Clark Lafleur said. “This is all based on charitable donations, fundraising and sometimes we are fortunate enough to receive a program grant.”

The Raising the Roof toques are also on sale around town at Port Cares, Boggio Pharmacies (Port Colborne and Ridgeway), J.B. Fashions, Something Else, and Ben Berg Farm and Industrial Equipment in Wainfleet. Price is $10 for the toques, $20 for the new ball caps. Toques can also be bought online at Raising the Roof .




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