Thank you to all who contributed to the January outreach focus, raising funds toward Canadian Mental Health Association York-South Simcoe’s MOBYSS, the mobile health and wellbeing unit. We were able with your support to send them a cheque for $1000.
On Saturday February 25, our Trinity Bradford Cares Team participated in the Coldest Night of the Year in support of Inn from The Cold in Newmarket. Our team captained by Bill White, included Bonnie Connolly, Ellen Cotton, Rev. Dana, Cynthia Riley and Billy White. Together we were able to raise $4610 which was #8 out of 64 teams that participated. Thank you to all who supported us financially and with your well wishes. This was community effort. Look for our pictures in the April Anglican Journal.
Trinity Bradford Cares Team walked at “The Coldest Night of the Year”
Photo submitted by The Rev. Dana Dickson
As part of the discussion of our Social Justice Vestry motion regarding calling on the province to increase the social assistance levels, writing letters to our MPP Carolyn Mulroney as our representative. To assist you can find her contact information including her email and mailing addresses, on her website Contact Page. For those who are wondering what to say, simply mention that this motion, and you can quote it if you want, was discussed and why this issue is important to you.
This year the Outreach Committee decided to look at an international project after a few years of local (Inn From the Cold and Food Bank) and National (clean water in Indigenous Communities). We choose to raise money toward a shallow well through The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), which provides funds to agencies and projects that already established around the world. In this case, The Utooni Development Organization in Kenya who provide clean, potable water to communities through the construction of shallow wells. Climate change threatens the clean water supply in southeast Kenya. According the agency’s website the benefits of shallow wells include:
- Reduced time lining up for water, as refilling jerry cans with a hand pump takes a shorter time
- Reduced risk of deep scoop holes collapsing
- Drastically reduced water contamination levels
- Water management can be done with ease
- Greater security and safety for women and girls fetching water from the shallow well hand pump than having to enter into huge scoop holes during the dry season
- Animals cannot fall into the shallow well since its enclosed, unlike the scoop holes
- A solar-powered pump is an efficient and COVID-safe way to draw the water.
Recently our Primate, Linda Nicholls, visited one of these shallow wells and shared some photos and a video, which we will share with you this Lent. Our goal of $1,250 will cover half the cost of a shallow well. Donations toward this project are being accepted throughout Lent. Please mark them as “Lent Project” so that we can direct the funds appropriately.