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An incredible 28 teams, representing different municipalities, community groups, sponsors and businesses dug deep and frantically paddled their way to the finish line to help raise $120,000 in support of United Way in the community.

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Since the spring of 2010 and every spring since, members of the Benevolent Committee and the general membership host a carwash at the Promenade Mall in support of the community gardens at Thornhill Station 71.

These gardens have grown exponentially over the past few years and, as anything of similar size, requires considerable capital to maintain. Since May of 2010 Seeds for Change and members of VFRS have collaborated to organize a charity carwash in support of these gardens. The VPFFA Benevolent Committee officially adopted this event in its third year (2013), raising a total of $1636.00. Since its inception, these carwashes have raised approximately $7000.00 for the community garden project!

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On September 12th 2012, the VPFFA Benevolent Fund Committee hosted a 4 on 4 charity hockey tournament to raise money for a cause that hit close to home. Matthew’s House Hospice located in Alliston, Ontario offers caring, compassionate, non-medical support to individuals, care-givers and loved ones facing a life threatening illness or grieving a loss. Matthew’s House Hospice was responsible for providing care and support to Lori Greenfield and her family. Lori is the wife of former VPFFA member Rick Greenfield. Lori had been diagnosed with terminal cancer so members of the Benevolent Fund Committee decided to organize a charity event dedicated to Matthew’s House Hospice and the Greenfield family.

Over 150 players and spectators came out and and supported the all day hockey tournament which took place at the Vaughan Sports Village. The Greenfield family as well as a representative from Matthew’s House were in attendance to accept a cheque for $3244. The event was a great success thanks to the dedication of the Benevolent Fund Committee and our VPFFA members.

A Special thanks to:
- Elliott Chewins for catering the event
- Rene Magotiaux, Jason McInnis and Jacob Dabit for getting this event off the ground

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Movember Canada supports men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and men’s mental health initiatives.

The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember their men’s health partner, Prostate Cancer Canada. Together, these two channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs.

The 2012 Benevolent Committee Movember Challenge was one for the record books. 35 of Vaughan’s bravest raised a total of $13, 430.00 for this great cause. Our team was entered into the “Great Canadian Fire Fighter Challenge’ and finished an impressive 5th out of 230 teams throughout the country for total money raised! This would not have been possible without the generosity of the members of this local and their families. A very special mention to a few who went far and beyond:

  • Jeff Lucas-donated his entire retirement cash out ($1100.00)
  • John Wilmot-donated $10 to every member ($350.00)
  • Ron Miller-most amount of money collected by an individual ($1700.00)
  • Kevin Plested-created a voting page for members to pick their favorite mo’s
  • The Office of City Manager-donated 2 golf foursomes
  • The Office of the Fire Chief-donated 2 VFRS jackets

Our 2013 Movember Challenge is definitely going to test out last year’s numbers. Our goal is to have 50 members raising money and awareness for the often neglected issues of men’s health. We are very confident that we can make that happen!

Kindest Regards,

VPFFA Benevolent Fund Committee

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