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St. Anthony Boys and Girls Club thrilled by donations

The St. Anthony Boys and Girls Club were thrilled to receive a number of donations from the public, including a $550 donation from the staff of Jungle Jim’s on behalf of its owners.
The St. Anthony Boys and Girls Club were thrilled to receive a number of donations from the public, including a $550 donation from the staff of Jungle Jim’s on behalf of its owners.

The St. Anthony Boys and Girls Club are confident they can overcome recent challenges with continued community support.

Although the organization’s budget was recently cut by 55 percent, they’ve been receiving hope in the form of donations from the public.

Amongst several other donations, Budgell’s Construction recently donated $400 and the staff of Jungle Jim’s in St. Anthony made a donation of $550 as a Christmas gift on behalf of the owners.

Biggest of all, though, was a donation of $1,000 from 13-year-old Sriharan Sinnadurai. Sriharan currently lives in Toronto but was born in St. Anthony and visited the town over the summer. During her time in St. Anthony, she also volunteered at the John M. Gray centre and was inspired to help out the community in different ways.

“Of course, I would love to be connected with my birthplace and help the community,” she said.

The money she donated was saved up from many birthdays and she now hopes to continue raising money by connecting with other people who used to live in St. Anthony and now live in Toronto. She suggests she may also hold a bake sale or some other type of fundraiser.

According to Executive Director Colleen Loder, due to the budget cuts, the Boys and Girls Club have less staff. Therefore, a number of children have been waitlisted until more staff is available.

This is where the support of the community plays such an important role. The organization hopes that the donations can go towards hiring more staff in order to service more children.

“In my view, the community needs to take hold of the club because the community is what grows the club,” said Loder. “Raising funds and volunteering are a big part of what allows the club to continue.”

Given the substantial public support the group is receiving, she is optimistic about the Boys and Girls Club’s future prospects.

“We’ve been open since 2000 and we’ve had a lot of struggles and we’ve overcome it all,” she said. “And we’re going to overcome this one too.”

 

info@northernpen.ca

Although the organization’s budget was recently cut by 55 percent, they’ve been receiving hope in the form of donations from the public.

Amongst several other donations, Budgell’s Construction recently donated $400 and the staff of Jungle Jim’s in St. Anthony made a donation of $550 as a Christmas gift on behalf of the owners.

Biggest of all, though, was a donation of $1,000 from 13-year-old Sriharan Sinnadurai. Sriharan currently lives in Toronto but was born in St. Anthony and visited the town over the summer. During her time in St. Anthony, she also volunteered at the John M. Gray centre and was inspired to help out the community in different ways.

“Of course, I would love to be connected with my birthplace and help the community,” she said.

The money she donated was saved up from many birthdays and she now hopes to continue raising money by connecting with other people who used to live in St. Anthony and now live in Toronto. She suggests she may also hold a bake sale or some other type of fundraiser.

According to Executive Director Colleen Loder, due to the budget cuts, the Boys and Girls Club have less staff. Therefore, a number of children have been waitlisted until more staff is available.

This is where the support of the community plays such an important role. The organization hopes that the donations can go towards hiring more staff in order to service more children.

“In my view, the community needs to take hold of the club because the community is what grows the club,” said Loder. “Raising funds and volunteering are a big part of what allows the club to continue.”

Given the substantial public support the group is receiving, she is optimistic about the Boys and Girls Club’s future prospects.

“We’ve been open since 2000 and we’ve had a lot of struggles and we’ve overcome it all,” she said. “And we’re going to overcome this one too.”

 

info@northernpen.ca

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