by Brandon Mayer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The local chapter of the Knights of Colombus has distributed its fundraising money to several local charitable organizations. Six organizations received a combined total of $7,500 in donations. Ryan’s Well, Community Living North Grenville, Naomi’s Family Resource Centre, Seniors Community Services, and Leeds & Grenville Interval House, each received $1,000 from the Knights. The Beth Donovan Hospice got a larger donation of $2,500.
Some of the money that was donated was raised from this year’s annual Sweetheart Brunch, which took place online. However, Grand Knight, Michel Blais, told the Times that not much money was raised this year, and so some of the donated money had been funds carried over from last year. This marked the second year of the Sweetheart Brunch being an online fundraiser owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community support was still evident for the online events, but not as much as when the events took place in person. Michel was clear that the Knights were grateful to receive the donations they did get this year and last, simply because of how financially difficult these times have been for average individuals and families. With pandemic restrictions now largely lifted, and life returning more to a state of normality, the Knights are hopeful for a return to normal fundraising practices. Their next major fundraiser will be the annual golf tournament in September.
Michel emphasized that all donated money must be distributed – the organization does not keep any of it, so that every penny can help those in need. Donated money can be used for the Knights Food Bank, or can be earmarked for charitable donations. Those who donate can even have a say in what their donation will be used for. Anyone donating online will receive an instant tax receipt, which simplifies the process for many.
To make a donation, visit the Knights of Columbus local chapter’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KnightsofColumbusKemptville, and click on the blue “Learn More” button to be directed to the donation page.