BBQ fundraiser supports Ukrainian relief efforts

Student Marcus Bastien, Director of Education Scott Johnson, Don Melanson and Leo Mayer from the Knights of Columbus, Father Dan Vere, student Pavi Padmananthan, and Bob Fleming of the Knights of Columbus. May 2022. (Photo courtesy of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board)

A hot dog fundraiser held at St. Patrick’s Catholic High School has raised over $2,000 to support Ukrainian refugees.

The St. Clair Catholic District School Board said the barbecue fundraiser was held on Tuesday in partnership with the St. Benedict Council of the Knights of Columbus.

The money raised will be split with Caritas, an agency that provides relief to families in Ukraine, and Christian sponsors who are helping Ukrainian refugees relocate to private homes in Canada.

“This event has been a tremendous success,” said Father Dan Vere, associate pastor of the Sarnia Bluewater Roman Catholic Family of Parishes. “Through the kind generosity of all who supported this fundraiser, we are able to assist the humanitarian relief effort, both in Ukraine and those refugee families who are relocating to Canada. I want to thank all of our partners for helping make this possible.”

A total of 800 hot dogs were sold during Tuesday’s event. The hot dogs were donated by the Wyoming Foodland and the buns were courtesy of Kyle’s No Frills in Sarnia.

The school board said the Sarnia Bluewater Roman Catholic Family of Parishes and the Catholic Women’s League of St. Michael Bright’s Grove also provided donations.