Free Parking Downtown During Holiday Season Raised $11,488 For Kawartha Food Share

Any money put in the meter during the holiday season when free 2 hour parking was in place went to charity, and generous shoppers stepped up bigtime with their donations. 

Indeed, Peterborough raised a whopping $11,488 for Kawartha Food Share this year through the funds put in meters.

 Photo via  @brendanwedley

Photo via @brendanwedley

The City of Peterborough’s parking division and the Downtown Business Improvement Area have partnered since 2003 on this free parking initiative, with money put in the meter going to charity each year.

"Once again our community has shown its tremendous generosity," says Mayor Daryl Bennett. "By putting money in the parking machines downtown in December, we are helping to feed people in our community through the efforts of Kawartha Food Share. Thank you to all of the people and downtown businesses that supported this initiative."

 Photo via  @jamiecsteel

Photo via @jamiecsteel

“We could not be more excited to be the recipients of the holiday parking funds again this year!” adds Ashlee Aitken, General Manager of Kawartha Food Share, which assists more than 8,100 men, women and children every month through 36 member agencies.

“This donation comes at a perfect time as we begin to restock our shelves after the very busy holidays and continue to ensure that everyone in Peterborough City and County has safe and reliable access to emergency food."

 Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

“We’ve had a very successful holiday shopping season downtown and we’re grateful that we can give back to those who are facing some challenges here in our community,” says DBIA Executive Director Terry Guiel. “Kawartha Food Share provides an important service to many people and we’re happy to see the donation from our downtown shoppers go to such a good cause.”
 
So far, $119,878.41 has been raised over the years for charity from people putting money in the meters during free parking holiday season.

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5th Annual Paint The Town Red For United Way Of Peterborough Raises Record $15,000

The United Way of Peterborough has announced that the 5th annual Paint the Town Red on July 19th raised a record breaking $15,000+.

Thirty-two restaurants, cafes and pubs—up from 22 last year—donated 25 percent of their daily sales to support United Way Peterborough & District, with proceeds directly impacting vital social services in this community. The donations came in from restaurants, individual donations from customers, and the UW's newly launched Text to Give program.

  Left to right:  United Way of Peterborough Director of Philanthrophic Impact Lisa Smith, United Way of Peterborough CEO Jim Russell & United Way of Peterborough cabinet member Laura Crann.

Left to right: United Way of Peterborough Director of Philanthrophic Impact Lisa Smith, United Way of Peterborough CEO Jim Russell & United Way of Peterborough cabinet member Laura Crann.

A Big Red Spoon (with a touch of plaid) was introduced this year by the United Way of Peterborough, and folks were clamouring for a spoon spotting and spoon selfies. Built by United Way cabinet member Terry Guiel—Executive Director of the DBIA—it was a hit all day with restaurant/cafe owners and patrons.

Also, the hashtag #PaintPtboRed was trending on Twitter across Canada, most of the day hovering in the Top 3, once again showing how engaged this community is on social media.

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“Our community is passionate and resilient, and the success of this year’s Paint the Town Red event is testament to that," says Jim Russell, CEO of United Way Peterborough & District.

"Our restaurants and food are second to none in the Province. And once again we thank the entrepreneurial spirit of our restauranteurs and their commitment to building local economy while at the same time giving back to community."

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The dollars raised in this event will be going right back into this community to support the United Way of Peterborough's 16 partner agencies in their work building a stronger and healthier community.

This year's United Way of Peterborough campaign is chaired by our PTBOCanada Co-Founder Neil Morton. The next two big United Way events are UW's Campaign Launch at the Evinrude Centre on September 19th and Petes Plaid Night in support of United Way on November 2nd. Contact Lisa Smith at the United Way for ticket info for those events.

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Habitat For Humanity Peterborough Hands Keys To Two Families Just In Time For Christmas

Habitat for Humanity Peterborough just made Christmas extra special for two families, handing them the keys to their new houses.

The Nyarota and Young families received the keys to their Habitat homes on Saturday (December 17th) at a Dedication Ceremony. Both families are joyful to move into their homes before Christmas.

The Nyarota family...

 The Nyarota family: Sarah, Taku and Lexi

The Nyarota family: Sarah, Taku and Lexi

The Young family....

 The Young family rocking the plaid: Nicole with daughters Serenity and Savannah

The Young family rocking the plaid: Nicole with daughters Serenity and Savannah

The ceremony included an opportunity to thank the many donors, partners and dedicated volunteers whose generosity helped make homeownership a reality for these families.

Great job by the Habitat team...

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Peterborough Firefighters Give Back To Community With Annual Toy Drive

The Peterborough Professional Firefighters will be donating toys for the Salvation Army Toy Drive again this holiday season. The annual tradition will see them donate $2,000 to purchase toys from The Toy Shop (176 Hunter Street West) in downtown Peterborough.

The firefighters give their cash donation to Toy Shop owner Jean Grant, who can get great deals from her suppliers to stretch that donation. On Saturday, December 10th at 8:30 am, the firefighters will park the fire truck in front of the Toy Shop and load up the toys. George, King of Downtown, will be on hand to assist the firefighters. The firefighters like to spend the toy hamper money locally to support the community and eventually see this money reinvested in Peterborough.

 Left to right: Scott Lawder, Brad Luby, Mark Sullivan, Amanda Nichols, Chief Snetsinger, Ed Venuk, Jaclyn Finney, Joe Cadigan & Patrick Wayne

Left to right: Scott Lawder, Brad Luby, Mark Sullivan, Amanda Nichols, Chief Snetsinger, Ed Venuk, Jaclyn Finney, Joe Cadigan & Patrick Wayne

"We (Peterborough Firefighters) recognize a growing need for assistance in the community and have responded this year by doubling our usual donation amount," says Edward Venuk, Secretary Treasurer of the Peterborough Firefighters. "The Toy Shop on Hunter Street has been a great help for many years by helping us purchase quality gifts for kids at a good price in order to help stretch every dollar.”

As well as donating toys, the firefighters are also donating $2,000 for the Salvation Army hamper fund. The firefighters will also assist the Salvation Army by helping to unload trucks of food for the hamper drive (December 9th), move toys for the toy drive (December 12th) and eventually help to deliver these much needed hampers to the community (December 17th).

"It has always been our honor to assist the community of Peterborough whenever there is a need, and we will continue to do so,” adds Venuk.

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City of Peterborough Kicks off United Way Campaign By Announcing Goal Of $75,075

The City of Peterborough launched its 2016 United Way campaign at Sherbrooke Fire Hall with an employee BBQ this week. Attendees dressed their yummy hamburgers as Chief Snetsinger welcomed the crowd.

The City’s goal for this campaign was announced as $75,075 in honour of United Way’s overall theme of 75 Years of Caring.

 Chief Snetsinger

Chief Snetsinger

Campaign Chair Gwyneth James thanked the City for their unwavering support throughout United Way Peterborough and District’s 75 years in the community:

“The folks here really understand that a strong city benefits everybody," she says, adding "Building up an individual in need of short-term relief by having their basic needs met allows them to move towards finding that job, which in turn helps Peterborough’s economy as a whole.”

 Campaign Chair Gwyneth James

Campaign Chair Gwyneth James

United Way CEO, Jim Russell also emphasized the impact the City’s campaign has had: “The City of Peterborough always shows up in a big way to support our community. The $71 million invested over the last 75 years could not have happened without this type of support, so thank you all!”

To learn more about the United Way of Peterborough and all they do in the community, go here.

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A Lakefield Chef Was Part Of A Team That Just Made The World's Largest Butter Tart Ever

A Lakefield Chef Was Part Of A Team That Just Made The World's Largest Butter Tart Ever

The butter tart weighed in at about 8,000 pounds

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A 9-Year-Old Peterborough Girl Is Filling Her Giant Crayola Bank With Donations To YWCA

A 9-Year-Old Peterborough Girl Is Filling Her Giant Crayola Bank With Donations To YWCA

Mya, you so rock

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Darryl Lloyd Was Just 14 When He Died In Cycling Accident But His Impact Will Last Forever

Darryl Lloyd was a participant in Big Brothers Big Sisters back in July of 2000 when he was matched with Keith Calderwood as his big brother (mentor).  

Keith, a constable with the Peterborough Police Service, would accompany Darryl on regular outings whether it was fishing, baseball, hockey, cycling, or walking Darryl’s dog. Keith and Darryl had just begun to enjoy the sport of golf together as well. Most of their times together finished with a stop at Tim Hortons where Darryl would enjoy an iced cappuccino while talking with Keith about the everyday challenges of being a teenager and of growing up without a dad.

 Darryl (middle) pictured with Keith Calderwood (far right)

Darryl (middle) pictured with Keith Calderwood (far right)

Tragically, in June of 2003, Darryl died on Chemong Road as a result of a cycling accident. He was just 14 years old. Through the relationship between Keith and Darryl, Big Brothers and Big Sisters introduced two people to one another and started a relationship that will live on in memories forever—and has had a lasting impact. 

 Darryl

Darryl

A memorial golf tournament in Darryl’s name will assist in bringing other “Bigs and Littles” together by raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters Peterborough. To support the Big Brothers Big Sisters through this important tournament, consider becoming a sponsor or enter a team for a great day of golf at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club on Thursday, August 18th.

***Register here, call 705.743.1045 or email here for more info.

Learn more about this tournament in Darryl's honour in this video below....

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12 Great Reasons To Sign Up For Ride Don't Hide

Below are 12 great reasons to sign up for the Ride Don’t Hide event for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge that takes place Sunday, June 26th...

1. Be part of a community initiative to help break the stigma of mental illness.

2. Be part of something REALLY BIG! Ride Don’t Hide is a National event.

3. Funds raised will stay with your local Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge to enhance programs and services.

4. Breaking a sweat can help manage stress. Exercise increases natural endorphins to boost the body’s ability to cope with your busy life.

5. Enjoy fresh air, friends and fun on the Peterborough Rotary Trail.

6. Inspire others: find a workout buddy. Connect with local fitness trainer David Kittner and join the Prowess Team to get in shape for the ride.

7. You can dust off your bicycle that’s sitting feeling very lonely in the garage and find out if it’s true that ”It is as easy as riding a bike…..”

8. With a choice of a 4 km, 12 km or 26 km ride, you can find one to suit your ability or register as a virtual rider.

9. Show your kids that you still have it! Create a multi-generational family team.

10. Awesome prizes from diamond sponsor Wild Rock Outfitters, including a $1,400 travel voucher for top fundraiser!

11. One in 5 Canadians experience mental illness in their lifetime but only half will ever seek help. Being part of Ride Don’t Hide means they are not alone.

12. Join the movement—register by April 30th and get early bird rate for Ride With Us on June 26th.

PTBOCanada.com is one of the proud community sponsors of this event.

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Paul Rellinger On Relly On The Roof & This Amazing Community

Relly On The Roof returns for a sixth year April 28th to 30th, again raising funds for Habitat For Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha under the Peterborough Cares fundraising umbrella.

At noon on Thursday, April 28th, Paul Rellinger (aka "Relly")—with the generous help of the Peterborough Fire Department—will be lifted onto the roof of The Brick (1200 Lansdowne St. W.). While Habitat For Humanity volunteers collect donations in the parking lot below, Relly will live atop The Brick until 5 p.m. on April 30th.

"Since I first took to the Brick roof in 2011, this event has reinforced something I was already well aware of—Peterborough residents always find a way to give something," Paul Rellinger tells PTBOCanada.

"We've raised thousands of dollars for Habitat For Humanity. Most of that has been in the form of loose change but it adds up in an awful hurry. Habitat For Humanity, through its partnerships, is able to make that money stretch to help fulfill its important mandate," Rellinger adds.

A highlight of the weekend will be a live music showcase outside The Brick on Saturday, April 30th starting at 1 p.m. Featured performers include Rick and Gailie Young, Jessie Morrissey and Adam Grills, Hilary Dumoulin, Missy Knott, Terry Guiel and Jan Schoute.

Dave Stanley, manager of The Brick, is volunteering his time and staff for Relly on the Roof. Also providing invaluable support is Sobeys, Canadian Tire, Boston Pizza, The Pizza Factory and Tim Hortons.

"I can't say enough about The Brick and its manager Dave Stanley," Rellinger tells PTBOCanada. "Also everyone at Habitat For Humanity and good friend Camille Parent, whose Peterborough Cares initiative gave birth to Relly On The Roof and remains its partner. It's going to be a great three days. I'm excited to get going."

We're excited to see the community get behind this again.

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