by Sandy Casselman
House of Lazarus (HOL)’s Handyman Heroes initiative has received a $4,350 infusion that will help fund further projects for families in need. The money was raised during an online auction of two donated sheds that ended late last month. It was RONA Kemptville Building Centre and Winchester BMR who answered HOL’s spring call for challengers. The two businesses, along with their volunteers and employees, built sheds worth more than $3,000, which they then donated to the local charity. RONA’s playhouse went to Cameron Mitchell, who placed the winning bid of $2,050, while BMR’s utility shed went to Marla McDougall, who placed the winning bid of $2,300.
The event was created to raise funds for HOL’s Handyman Heroes initiative, which involves licensed tradespeople volunteering their time to help at-risk families by using their skills in construction, home repair, or vehicle maintenance and repair. The volunteer tradespeople provide free labour, while HOL provides the needed materials.
“In its first year, Handyman Heroes completed six projects. We have another three projects underway,” HOL executive director Cathy Ashby said. “Thanks to the generosity of everyone involved in this shed challenge, as well as those professionals who continue to come forward to volunteer their time and expertise.”
To learn more about this and other HOL initiatives, visit hol.community and follow House of Lazarus on Facebook.