Walk to sup­port vet­er­ans

The Daily Observer - - NEWS - DEB­BIE COUGH­LAN Deb­bie Cough­lan is the PRO for the Pem­broke Le­gion

The Ruck to Re­mem­ber is com­ing back to District G and the Ot­tawa Val­ley from Sept. 13 to 16. The group is adding on an­other 10 kilo­me­tres to make it a to­tal of 160 kilo­me­tres this year. Ruck to Re­mem­ber is a not for profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that works with estab­lished char­i­ties to help raise funds, resources and aware­ness around vet­eran’s is­sues.

The Road to Re­cov­ery be­gan in 2014.Ac­cord­ing to the “R 2 R” web­site: Each year the Road To Re­cov­ery, covers roughly two kilo­me­tres each for mem­bers of the mil­i­tary, po­lice, paramedics and fire­fight­ers lost the year be­fore. Typ­i­cally, this re­sults in be­tween 150 and 160 km. http://www.ruck­2re­mem­ber.com/in­dex.html.

The march is used to re­duce the hard­ship that some vet­er­ans face. Dur­ing the months lead­ing up to the event money is raised for Op­er­a­tion: Leave the Streets Be­hind, a char­ity main­tained by the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion. Op­er­a­tion: Leave The Streets Be­hind helps mil­i­tary and, po­lice vet­er­ans fac­ing home­less­ness to get back on to their feet, off the streets and into sus­tain­able hous­ing they can main­tain on their own. The pro­gram helps them get their fi­nances sorted out and equips them to suc­ceed. The char­ity is man­aged by the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion and 100 per cent of the pro­ceeds of this event go to­wards the vet­er­ans. Be­tween vol­un­teers, spon­sors and the lo­cal branches of the le­gion it is able to run the event with no over­head.

The first in­au­gu­ral le­gion washer toss league came to an end last week. Sports Of­fi­cer De­nis Levasseur thanks Gerry Ranger and Liz LaBlanc for a job well done. It was a very suc­cess­ful year, con­clud­ing with a din­ner and awards night. Matt Jones was the men`s win­ner, Chris Weather­bie came in sec­ond place. Play­ing for the ladies, Rose Laid­law fin­ished first fol­lowed by Colleen Weather­bie. Thank you the to the Ladies Aux­il­iary’s Denise Laroche for a won­der­ful meal. Sev­eral mem­bers will be at­tend­ing the District Washer Toss event in Al­monte in early July.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Terry K os mack who was the big prize win­ner of the Stanley Cup Squares and to Rolly Da­ge­nais and Doug Love who qual­i­fied in the Zone Golf tour­na­ment held re­cently in Eganville.

The big dance on Sat­ur­day, June 15 will fea­ture Last Call play­ing in the hall from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.. The en­trance fee is $5, which in­cludes a chance to win the door prize and a light lunch. This event is open to the pub­lic.

The Ladies Aux­il­iary will be serv­ing a roast beef din­ner on June 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $15 with spe­cial prices for chil­dren. Tick­ets avail­able in the of­fice or kitchen. The Se­niors Com­mit­tee fundraiser is a paint night. Join us Fri­day, June 22 in the hall from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $40. This will cover the sup­plies re­quired to cre­ate your own work of art, a light snack and draws through­out the evening. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. there will be a silent auc­tion set up in the hall. Both events are open to the pub­lic. You must pre­reg­is­ter for paint night by June 20. Due to sum­mer hours at the branch please call 613-633-3244.

The last Se­niors and Friends dance of the sea­son is Fri­day, June 29 in the hall. The cost is $7, with en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided by Green­wood Coun­try. Dances will re­sume at the end of Septem­ber.

The en­ter­tain­ment in the lounge Sat­ur­day, June 16 is John Priebe from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. This event is free and open to the pub­lic.

Join us in the lounge or the hall for soup and sand­wich lunch at a cost of $5 on Fri­days from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ev­ery­one is wel­come.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Mem­bers of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 72 re­cently gath­ered at the Pem­broke Ceno­taph to mark the an­niver­sary of D-Day. On hand for the wreath lay­ing (back from left) Wanda Lavergne, Judy Con­way, John Hen­shaw, Ted DíEon, Dawn Wilson and Brian Dev­ereaux. In the front row (from left) are Sgt-at-Arms Chris Thor­bourne, pres­i­dent Stan Hal­l­i­day, Bruce West­garth, Lau­rette Hall­diay, Mary Ellis, Ladies Aux­il­iary pres­i­dent Didi Leonard, Tony Bourne and District PRO Caro­line McCaul.

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