Donations pour in for Chatham-Kent charities, Terry Fox Runs

Joining Jodi Maroney – Chatham-Kent Hospice are several members of the 100 Men Who Care Chatham- Kent Chapter. (Photo courtesy of the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation)

It looks like Chatham-Kent residents were in a giving mood over the weekend.

First, on Friday, the 100 Men Who Care Chatham-Kent donated $10,600 to the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.

Then, the Grand Parade in Chatham on Saturday ended up taking in an estimated $25,860 — eclipsing its goal of raising $20,000 to support local charities that provide essential care and service for aging Canadians.

More specifically, the programs supported by this year’s event were CHAP transportation and the community counselling program, both offered by Family Service Kent.

Meantime, some of the early fundraising totals are in for a handful of the Terry Fox Runs that took place over the weekend and those totals also exceeded expectations.

In its first in-person run since the pandemic started, officials with the Dresden Terry Fox Run said they have topped the $50,000 mark again.

A Facebook post from the group said as of Sunday afternoon, they had raised at least $51,095.55 with more donations still being counted.

The fundraising totals from the Terry Fox Run in Blenheim topped $20,000, in Tilbury, organizers reported raising more than $15,000, in Wallaceburg, organizers reported collecting more than $19,000, and the Chatham and Ridgetown fundraisers were both online-only this year and took in almost $3,000 combined.

More fundraising totals will be added and updated as that information becomes available.

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