Dance for Ukraine

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With the heartbreaking war continuing to rage on in Ukraine as it suffers attacks from Russia, many locals are probably wondering what they can do to help. Coming later this month will be an opportunity to do just that. A fundraiser being spearheaded by the Knights of Columbus will allow locals to show solidarity for Ukraine simply by coming out to dance and have a good time. 

The dance fundraiser will take place on November 26 at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, from 7pm to 12am. With admission set at just $20 per person, the evening will feature local DJ Skinny, as well as free snacks, a 50/50 draw, and a door prize. There will also be free water bottles available, with pop for sale for $2, and alcoholic drinks just $6 each. The dance will be a “casual dress” affair. 

Event organizer Richard Savoy of the Knights of Columbus feels a strong duty to support Ukraine in its fight. “Ukraine was invaded by Russia over 8 months ago and the Ukrainian people find themselves in an unwanted war, needing to defend their homeland and living daily with loss of life and devastation all around,” said Richard. “The upcoming winter is going to be particularly difficult as people try to survive a cold winter without windows and with limited energy to produce heat. Add to that the need for food, shelter, clothing, and other basics and one can appreciate that any funds we can put toward supporting this humanitarian cause will be helpful.”

Of course, organizing a fundraising event of this magnitude is a lot of work, but it is more than worth it for Richard and the other Knights. “Honestly, this project to help Ukraine is a labour of love,” said Richard. “We are trying to support Ukraine in any way we can with hopes of bringing some relief to the region.” 

The Dance for Ukraine event provides a two-fold opportunity to do something both for a struggling ally country, and for local residents as well. Richard explains, “Through the pandemic, there haven’t been too many opportunities for events to bring the community together to enjoy the company of friends with some good music and dancing in a friendly small town atmosphere. This event will feature Kemptville’s own DJ Skinny and the music will be geared toward a young adult crowd, though adults of all ages are encouraged to attend.”

For Knights of Columbus, this event is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fundraising for worthy causes. As a worldwide organization, the Knights have contributed over 19 million dollars in 2022 through the Ukraine Solidarity Fund to provide temporary shelter, food, medical supplies, clothing and other humanitarian needs. Locally, the Knights raise funds through various community events like the Sweetheart Brunch, a Golf Tournament, and monthly community suppers. Most of the funds raised are distributed to local organizations. 

“As the need arises the Knights of Columbus like to help out in whatever way we can,” said Richard. “The idea for this Community Dance for Ukraine has arisen out of such a need. Personally, I have been involved in several local fundraising efforts. Examples include the Sweetheart Brunch, fundraising for the Kemptville Youth Centre, volunteering at Hey Day to raise funds for the Kemptville Hospital, as well as volunteering locally at many different events. I truly enjoy volunteer work and supporting our local community.”

Of course, fundraising efforts rely on community support to accomplish their goals. Richard is happy to report that the North Grenville community has been very supportive of Knights of Columbus fundraising efforts. “Attendance has always been great at the Sweetheart Brunch, our golf tournament, and our monthly suppers,” Richard added. “We are hopeful that this community dance will also be well attended in support of Ukraine.”

Come out for a fun night and support a worthy cause!

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