Volunteers raise the roof with pancake brunch

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Port Cares hosted the 5th Annual Pancake Brunch to help raise money for the support of the “Raising the Roof” national campaign on Tuesday, February 7.

The event supports efforts to find long-term solutions for the homeless. Even though the weather was wet and dreary, the turnout at the Reach Out Centre on Nickel Street was well attended with more than 200 tickets being sold.

Community volunteers served up breakfast from 10am – 2pm. Chrishon and Brian Salmon from Giant FM morning show along with Rob from Country 89 and Chuck Lafleur who does news and sports for both stations were among some of the many volunteers. Shaun Slat from Tender Cuts has in the past donated bacon and sausage for the event and this year he decided to go a step further and lend a helping hand.

Both the Mayor of Port Colborne, John Maloney and the Mayor of Wainfleet, April Jeffs donned aprons to help serve up brunch.

“We may not always be thinking of homelessness in our day to day lives,” said Wainfleet Township Mayor April Jeffs after the event. “But it’s happening right here in our communities and we need to work hard to find lasting solutions.”

“I saw a lot of people working to make a difference and support the homeless in a real way,” she said. “I’m honoured to take part in this great event and most of all, I’m very proud of the people from all over the Niagara Region who made the trip to Port Colborne for a great breakfast and an even greater cause.”

For $10 you could have breakfast consisting of pancakes, bacon, sausage, fruit topping for you pancakes, syrup and whipped cream. For an extra $5 you could choose a toque or a pair of socks.

According to 2016 figures, an estimated 35,000 people are homeless in Canada on a given night.



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