Despite the pandemic, ‘Saugeen Shares’ carried on with a virtual fundraising that exceeded expectations.
The second annual fundraiser of both food and cash donations was a huge success. Power Workers’ Union Bruce Site matched dollars raised up to $5,000 and many local stores, including Rowland’s Independent Grocer, Southampton Foodland, Giant Tiger and Walmart, helped out. In addition, local media, churches, restaurants and businesses helped promote the event and residents stepped up with donations.
The fundraiser was in support of the Port Elgin Salvation Army Food Bank and the Saugeen Memorial Hospital. More than 2,000 lbs. of food and more than $13,000 was raised for the Food Bank and $28,200 was raised for the hospital for an overall total of $41,210.
‘Saugeen Shares’ is an endeavour that was initiated in 2019 by Saugeen District Senior School (SDSS) teachers, Dan Weigand and Nancie Darlington Smith working with SDSS students with help to organize by the Chantry Island Cham-bettes.
The next ‘Saugeen Shares’ is already being planned for Saturday, December 5th, when it is hoped, given Covid-19, that students will be able to go door-to-door for donations.