A helping hand for Child Haven
CORNWALL, Ontario - The Child Haven International Annual Dinner was held on Sunday April 22 from 6-10 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Cornwall, and is one of many across Canada and the United States. The event involved a dinner, silent and live auctions, a bazaare table, and live entertainment.
The primary function of the dinners is to collect funds for Child Haven International, an organization founded by Fred and Bonnie Cappuccino of Maxville area in 1985. Child Haven aims to help children in need and their families, including 24 hour care – education, 3 meals a day, medical care and “a loving environment.” Funds collected are distributed among 9 “homes” for children scattered across India, Nepal, Bangledesh, and Tibet. “We call them homes, not orphanages,” shares Bonnie, “We want them to feel like it’s a family.”the Cappuccinos claim that they began the organization in India because they were inspired by Ghandian philosophy, and that it expanded from there. Child Haven also works to aid women in these communities, including women’s training centres focusing particularly on employment such as tailoring and beauty and wellness. Volunteers pay their own expenses to travel to these locations and donate their time in the Child Haven homes for weeks, or even months, at a time. People can also make donations to particular causes within the organization, such as dental care, land purchase, medicine, and nutrition.
Organizer Elaine Macdonald, local city council member, has been working to organize the annual dinner since 2000, while dinners have been held for over 20 years. Macdonald shares that it is the kind of inspiring event that her and her team cannot help but continue to be involved in year after year. The dinner is also an amazing opportunity for the community to come together. Paul Aubin, of the Seaway Valley Theatre Company, who has been volunteering at the bazaare table selling products imported from the various locations of the homes for 7 years, says that he loves his time spent there and the opportunity to share the beautiful products from numerous cultures for such a great cause.
Children’s Haven International will continue its annual dinners for the foreseeable future in order to help those in need that they support.
For more information on Child Haven International visit: www.childhaven.ca
MARTINTOWN, Ontario - Canoeing, Kayaking, and spectating followed the Raisin River as racers for the annual timed competition made their way from St. Andrew’s to Williamstown on April 22, 2018.
“I think we really lucked out with postponing the race to this weekend! We got the perfect day,” exclaimed Lissa Deslandes, organizer of the race.
In comparison to last weekend’s snowstorm, the sunny weather was amazing.
Most people bring their own canoes and kayaks but some rentals were available.
The race is approximately 30 km long with a dame in Martintown that is either portaged or competitors can risk capsizing their canoe.
This year, the race had approximately 164 boats competing with kayaks and canoes.
Many volunteers came through to help the race run as smoothly as it did with firefighters and medical crews standing by.
“We still recommend to everybody to portage but those that really want to shoot the damn and that is what the spectators come to see,” said Lissa.