Zumba fundraiser raises money and food for Port Cares
Karin DiBiase, supervisor fundraising and development received a donation of cash and food from the A.C.E. First Presbyterian Youth Group Laryn Youngblut, Hayley O’Connor, Elijah Cousineau, Isaac Cousineau and Emma Domagala, the proceeds from their first ever Donate the Weight Zumba Fundraiser.
Their first event met with a lot of success as the members of the A.C.E. First Presbyterian Youth Group presented Port Cares with a cheque for $717 and 74.5lbs of food, the proceeds from the Donate the Weight Zumba Fundraiser for Port Cares.
The event was held last Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Port Colborne.
“The youth group actually just started this year,” youth leader Stacy Marion-Cousineau said. “They wanted to get out for some community involvement.”
“It teaches them to think of others,” she said. “I think it’s important for them for outreach, to get involved and put others before themselves.”
The support of the community and groups like this is paramount to the operation of Port Cares.
“We couldn’t do what we do without the support of community involvement like this,” Karin DiBiase Port Cares supervisor of fundraising and development said.
“In the community of Port Colborne, we have about 19,000 people here, we serve about 12,000 meals a year at the Reach Out Centre,” she said.
“I was very much impressed that they (First Presbyterian Youth Group) elected to do this as we have about 200 young people every month who rely on the food bank in Port Colborne,” she said. “We also do a lunch program for elementary school as well as high school students, I think they can relate to that. I think it’s important for them to know that the money they raised and the food they raised is going to go directly to the Reach Out Centre.”