Peterborough's deputy police chief Tim Farquharson is hitting the street on Friday (January 26th) for twelve straight hours to drive awareness about the issue of homelessness in Peterborough and raise money for three local homeless shelters: Warming Room, YES Shelter for Youth and Families, and Brock Mission.
Farquharson traces his commitment to giving back to this community he loves to his parents, who acclimated his family to volunteerism when they moved to Peterborough decades ago.
Tim Farquharson (Photo courtesy Peterborough Cares Facebook page)
Farquharson knows there are no easy answers to homelessness but is trying to do his part to raise awareness about it:
"I don't know what the answer is," he says. "It's not one issue. You can't pin it on just one thing. Everybody has a different story. But I know we can do something about homelessness in Peterborough."
"Where would we be without these organizations and the services they have in place?" adds Farquharson in regards to the Warming Room, YES Shelter and Brock Mission. "If it wasn't for groups like these, what would the homeless do?"
Peterborough Cares team with Farquharson (Photo courtesy Peterborough Cares Facebook page)
The event, billed as "Stand with Tim", takes place at the corner of George and King from 4 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Saturday. The fundraiser is being organized by Peterborough Cares, a community group that works with local not-for-profits around social issues that affect Peterborough, of which homelessness is certainly one.
Photo courtesy Lauren Gilchrist, Peterborough Police Service
Peterborough Cares invites everybody to come out and Stand with Tim and show their support for organizations on the frontlines in the fight against homelessness. Donations can be made onsite to Tim, or by visiting the event's fundraising page here.