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Brookfield Notebook: Community is key to successful fundraising

The dedicated, hard working Terry Fox committee is grateful for the community support in its efforts to raise funds for cancer research through the Terry Fox Foundation.

Brookfield and Area Terry Fox committee members include, from bottom to top, left to right, Marilyn Groves, Kim Sears, Nova Campbell, Betty Roop, Shirley Comeau, Pat McCallum, Jackie Burnett, Judy Matheson, Heather Jamieson, Cindy Bigelow and Kim Dawe. Missing are Willa Rogers and Susan MacDonald.

The Brookfield and area committee consists of 13 ladies, most of whom have been active members for 10 to 20 years. They start planning in April for the events of the next six months.

The first fundraiser of the year was a fashion show in May of men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories, supplied by ETC on Inglis Place in Truro. Owners Mike and Jackie Lesser and their assistants Lisa and Deanna helped put on a show that was a big hit.

In addition, the Terry Fox float in the Coming Home to Brookfield street parade was creatively decorated to get the word out to the hundreds lining the streets.

Then in August, the popular Fun Golf Day had many supporters offering balloon prizes and hole contest prizes, including a chance to win a vehicle courtesy of Stuart Kia, for a hole-in-one. A barbecue was another feature of the day as well the 50 memorial or in-honour-of signs that marked every tee box.

The cancer survivors on Terry's Team were honoured guests at a supper and boat tour at Marilyn and Lloyd Groves' Shortts Lake home. Boat tours were provided by Gwen and Brian Campbell, Russell and Bev Bradley, and Charlie and Janet Burnett.

September was suddenly here and plans for Run Day were finalized for Sunday, Sept. 20. Balloons were blown up for the beautiful archway that marked the start and finish line. The project was engineered by Rob Bezanson and committee members who had everything in place - signs, tents, registration, dedication board, water stations, go-john - for the 1 p.m. start time. Following the run, participants enjoyed a barbecue and entertainment at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex.

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to ensure a successful run each year. This year $30,000 has been raised to date. Memorial gifts and the collection of recyclables continue to add to this total. Naturally, the committee is endlessly grateful for the tremendous support from hundreds of donors, not the least of whom is Wayne Woolfitt, who collected $7,500 on his own two feet over many kilometers.

The committee ladies are energetic, dedicated, creative and a dream committee to be a part of. Year after year, they do their work with happy hearts, believing in Terry's dream that cancer can be beaten. Hats off to these wonderful gals.


A better life with water

During summer, with many outdoor events planned, some may be praying it won't rain. When your well runs dry and you can't flush or shower you may, like the biblical Elijah, pray for rain. In our country we can call the water truck to help us through the dry spell, and even at some expense, it is a blessing.

It brings home the reality of the many villages in Africa and Haiti don't have clean, safe drinking water. Their only option is often dirty river water they may have to walk several miles each day to collect and carry home in 50-litre jugs.

Water of Life raises funds through local churches, schools, colleges, universities, service clubs, businesses and personal donors. The money is used to dig wells and provide safe drinking water - and thus better health conditions - in numerous African villages.

The organization is a part of the national group, Lifewater Canada, which has supplied about 600 wells during the last 20 years. They also are teaching safe health practices and how to maintain the wells. Each dug well costs between $3,000 and $3,500. In the last 12 years the local group, under the diligent leadership of Placide Chiasson, has contributed to 28 wells. In this country we are blessed with rain and safe water, let us be a blessing to those less fortunate.

The pancake and sausage breakfast and yard sale at Knox Church on Sept. 26 was well supported and a huge success to benefit the work of the church. Chef Russell Bradley kept pancakes on the griddle until 1 p.m., while emcee Art Peck kept things rolling through throughout the morning.

At closing time the trucks and vans were loaded to deliver many items to various good will causes.

Judy Matheson is a lifelong Brookfield resident and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations. To have your community news appear in her column contact her by email at

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