City Rotary Club shares its Ribfest profits with 15 groups

Ribfest, an event that has become a Riv­erside Park summer tradition, is the primary fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Guelph – Trillium.

The club recently held a special meeting where it awarded funds to local com­mu­nity groups from money raised at Ribfest. Of the 46 organiza­tions that applied, funding was given to 15. Each organization received approximately $1,000.

Those organizations were :

– The Alzheimer’s Society of Guelph-Wellington;

– Beginnings Pregnancy Care Centre of Guelph, for teaching practical skills and support to teen-aged mothers (as young as 13);

–  Church of St. James the Apostle, for replacing some old furniture, especially old chairs;

– Canadian Diabetes Asso­ciation, to help with their sum­mer camp for diabetic kids;

– The Children’s Foundation of Guelph Wellington, for over 40% of families with kids in school in this area have been affected by the downturn if the economy. The money will go to help kids who have been most affected;

– Chalmers Community Ser­vices Centre, for providing food and clothing to people liv­ing on the margin;

– Dunara Homes, to help four to five people with severe mental illness go to camp;

– Edward Johnson Music Foundation, for bringing musi­cians to schools where kids are not always able to make it to special events outside of the school;

– Guelph Independent Liv­ing, to the playground area. Guelph Independent Living has 83 units, 55 of which are subsidized and 21 are for peo­ple with disabilities and need supported living;

– Immigrant Services of Guelph Wellington, for pro­grams for help new immigrants in the Guelph area;

– Michael House Pregnancy Care Centre, for programs to help young mothers who need a temporary residence;

–  Rainbow Day Camp,  to help bring camp to kids who may not be able to make it to camp;

– Sunrise Therapeutic riding and Learning Centre;

–  Tytler Public School, for a new five day program of Afri­can music where kids will learn to make drums, and do a presentation to their parents; and

 – Wyndham House received $900 in Zehrs gift cards for its after care program to help kids go into independent living.