Bag­ging bail for Be­yond 21

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CORNWALL, On­tario – Prom­i­nent mem­bers of the Cornwall com­mu­nity found them­selves un­der ar­rest this past Thurs­day, April 12.

It was all in good fun how­ever, and for a good cause as a part of the sec­ond an­nual Jail & Bail fundraiser for the Hub for Be­yond 21.

If some­one was nom­i­nated for Jail & Bail, they would be picked up by the lo­cal po­lice and brought to the “jail” at the Cornwall Square.

They would then be read their charge by the judge and given the bail amount they had to raise be­fore they were re­leased.

Bill Makin­son for ex­am­ple, was charged with “hid­ing from the cam­era”. Big Broth­ers, Big Sis­ters Cornwall Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Ron Gra­ham was charged with “be­ing overly in­volved in the com­mu­nity.”

There were 28 in­di­vid­u­als brought-in in to­tal, and or­ga­nizer Shan­non Savard hoped to raise a good amount of money for the cause.

Last year, Jail & Bail raised around $10, 000 for the Hub for Be­yond 21.

The Hub for Be­yond 21’s goal is to pro­vide a space and an op­por­tu­nity for adults with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties to live con­nected and re­spected lives while con­tribut­ing to the com­mu­nity.

The Hub for Be­yond 21 must raise around $300,000 an­nu­ally to meet its op­er­at­ing bud­get.

“I want peo­ple to know that we re­ceive no gov­ern­ment fund­ing,” said event or­ga­nizer Shan­non Savard. “The money raised today will go to­wards par­tic­i­pant ac­tiv­ity fees, arts and crafts, lunches and more.”

In all, Be­yond 21 serves 50 fam­i­lies.

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