OPINION: C-K comes through again

Volunteers, including Chatham-Kent Fire Services personnel, guided vehicles through Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario’s Drive-Thru Ribfest on the weekend.

One thing that should not surprise us is how the people of Chatham-Kent won’t let something like a global pandemic get in their way of helping others.

The latest signs of this incredible fact are led by Dresden’s Terry Fox run. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dresden run topped every other location in Ontario in terms of funds raised per capita.

After 25 years, the run continues to lead the pack.

Not only did the North Kent community lead in per capita fundraising, but actual dollars raised ranked 23rd in Ontario. Twenty-third is just amazing, when compared to the plethora of larger communities hosting Terry Fox runs.

The success of the Dresden event is a testament to retiring organizer Cindy Brewer and the volunteer support base, as well as the participating area residents.

Megan Robinson will take over for Brewer this year, inheriting a fundraising sports car that is firing on all cylinders.

On the weekend, with the province opening up a little more in terms of reduction of pandemic restrictions, Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario hosted a Drive-Thru Ribfest. People lined up each day to get their hands on ribs, chicken, pulled pork and other treats, helping to raise nearly $44,000 in the process. The target was $15,000.

Yes, you could say folks were selfish in wanting to treat their tastebuds, but 2,300 people contributed to raise those funds for the organization.

“The community really came through,” organizer Sandra Pidduck said.

That should be Chatham-Kent’s mantra. “We come through.”

Because they came through in early May with the Hike for Hospice as well.

Participants of the virtual event managed to raise more than $143,000. The trail was set up, and people could essentially walk there or elsewhere when they wanted.

To manage to virtually come together to that extent is impressive.

There are other fundraising events on the horizon, including the Festival of Giving for the Chatham-Kent Children’s Treatment Centre. We encourage everyone who can take part in the event virtually, as well as the online auction, to please do so.

Then again, as mentioned, this community tends to hop on board important community support efforts without much urging, if any.




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