EWCS kicks off Christmas fundraising campaign

East Wellington Community Services (EWCS) kicked off its Give a Gift of Community Support campaign on Dec. 2 at the office here.

This year’s fundraising goal is to reach $25,000 for the campaign, which runs until the middle of January.

The main fundraising tool is a direct mail campaign where individuals who have donated previously will receive a package for this year’s campaign, said Erika Westcott, manager of marketing and fund development for EWCS.

But that doesn’t rule out businesses and schools that  also do fundraising of their own donating to the campaign, she added.

The funds raised will go toward the programs EWCS offers in both Guelph-Eramosa Township and the Town of Erin throughout the year.

This includes but is not limited to medical transportation, food bank services and children’s services.

Erin’s new mayor, Allan Alls, was in attendance as well as Erin councillors Matt Sammut and John Brennan and Guelph-Eramosa councillor David Wolk.

In a presentation made at the kick-off it was stated, “a $25 donation provides one month of active recreation programs for a senior who would otherwise remain isolated at home.”

And also, “A $75 donation provides a round trip transportation ride for a senior to attend a cancer treatment appointment in Toronto.”

The councillors in attendance mentioned how they would like to help raise funds for EWCS.

“I’m looking forward to working with you, trying to help you in getting as creative as we can to reach out to the community,” Sammut said at the kick-off.

“Because I think there’s a lot of good hearts out there, that don’t know the story well enough and the needs.”