Heroes rise to House of Lazarus challenge

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With two structures donated in the first House of Lazarus (HOL) Shed-Building Challenge, an online auction to raise money for Handyman Heroes has begun.

The Handyman Hero Shed-Building Challenge was created to raise funds for its namesake, the Handyman Heroes initiative. Handyman Heroes helps at-risk families with home repair or vehicle maintenance and repair. Licensed tradespeople volunteer their time and labour, while HOL provides the needed materials.

The challenge was issued in May, 2019, with both amateur and professional contractors being asked to build a shed-like structure according to a set of guidelines, and then donate that structure to House of Lazarus to be used in an online auction. Two local businesses and their talented volunteers have risen to the challenge: RONA Kemptville Building Centre and Winchester BMR. They have donated a children’s playhouse and a utility/garden shed, respectively. Both sheds cost more than $3,000 in materials to build.

Having accepted the HOL Handyman Hero Shed-Building Challenge, RONA Kemptville Building Centre has donated a playhouse for the non-profit’s online fundraiser. The playhouse can be viewed in person at House of Lazarus at 2245 Simms Street in Mountain.

The online auction began Saturday, August 10, and will continue until Friday, August 30 at 3 pm. To place a bid, visit the House of Lazarus Facebook page. For those without Facebook, a bid can be placed by phoning HOL at 613-989-3830. The sheds are also available for viewing at House of Lazarus (playhouse) and Winchester BMR (utility/garden shed).

Winchester BMR has constructed a utility/garden shed for House of Lazarus’ Handyman Hero Shed-Building
Challenge. The local business has donated the structure for HOL’s online auction. The utility shed can be viewed in person at BMR at 12235 County Road 38 in Winchester.

“It’s amazing that these two community-minded businesses have donated such wonderful sheds,” HOL Executive Director, Cathy Ashby, said. “To date, we have completed six projects through our Handyman Heroes program. We have two new projects underway. The money raised from the sale of these two sheds will allow us to help even more families.”

For more information, or to register a team, please contact Cathy at cashby@houseoflazarus.com, or by phone at 613-989-3830.

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