2020 Toy Drive A huge Success. Thank You

Thank you so much to our membership who came through in a big way to fill the barrels with toys for girls and boys. The Durham Children’s Aide Society (DCAS) volunteers were thrilled when Rick D’Souza, Steve and Fred Dizig pulled up this afternoon to deliver all the wonderful gifts that The Club had collected over the last few weeks.

Thank you for the special efforts of Rick D’Souza for providing the barrels, Joan Hill for the signs and Rick, Fred and Steve for delivering to the DCAS. And thank you to Jody Morris and her staff at the Recreation Complex for their support of this project.

Our membership is second to none. In the middle of a pandemic when you are barred from playing the game you love, you come through like gangbusters.

We look forward to next year when we can again have a roaring Fun Tournament Night like we have in the past.

The Squash Club Executive

Time Running out on the Christmas Toy Drive

The Toy Drive is in full swing and going well.   The barrels all have toys in them.  Thank you to those who have made the trek to the Recreation Complex and deposited toys for the Toy Drive. 

But we did notice that there was a lonely little bear at the bottom of one barrel.  He’s wishing that a lot more toys will join him in the barrel. 

This coming week (Nov 23rd) is the last week for collecting.  We must deliver the toys to the Durham Children’s Aid Society next weekend.  If you do intend to donate, please do it sooner than later.  This weekend would be a good time.  The latest news from Ontario is that Durham is moving into the RED ZONE.  This may mean a curtailing of play at the Squash Courts as early as this coming Monday.   

Another of the club’s pet charities,  The St Paul’s on the Hill Food Bank,  is also in need of our help at this time of year.  I drove past the Food Bank last Friday morning and I was saddened to see the lineup of people waiting to get help.   Normally our club runs the Pickering Squash Club Golf Tournament in Support of the Food Bank.  This year, because of the pandemic, we had to cancel the tournament.  This meant that the usual $10,000 to $12,000 that the Food Bank would get from our efforts was not there this year.  If you are considering making charitable donations this season, please consider the St Paul’s on the Hill Food Bank.  They do accept donations on-line at the following:

https://www.stpaulsonthehillfoodbank.ca/on-line-donations.php

Each year, the Pickering Squash Club Members band together to help make Christmas a little better for those less fortunate. The challenges of 2020 are not going to stop us from continuing this tradition.   Let’s show that the Pickering Squash Club is ready to help. 

The Executive of The Pickering Squash Club

2020 Christmas Toy Drive

Each year, the Pickering Squash Club Members band together to help make Christmas a little better for those less fortunate. The challenges of 2020 are not going to stop us from continuing this tradition.

This year we will not be able to have our annual Toy Drive Round Robin Fun Night. Covid-19 has put a damper on this. The Club will instead provide new ways to collect donations for this worthy cause.

In association with the City of Pickering and the Chestnut Hills Developments Recreation Complex (The Pickering Recreation Complex) we are setting up DONATION BOXES in the lobby of the Recreation Complex. We are encouraging all our members to bring new unwrapped toys to drop off in the boxes. The drop off point will be available till the last week in November when the Club Executive will deliver them to the Durham Children’s Aid Society. This will give the Society time to sort and distribute then to needy families.

The courts are now open for play. Reserve a court. Get out and play a match. And when you do, bring along an unwrapped toy for the Donation Box.

The 2019 gang with all the toys ready to go to the Durham Children’s Aid Society

2019 Toy Drive / Fundraiser a Great Success

Toy Drive / Fundraiser Cheers from the participants

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to all the wonderful Club Members who donated toys and money to this years Event. Everyone had a great time on both the Singles and Doubles courts. Lots of toys were collected and a substantial amount of money will make Naiya’s life a little easier.

Steve Dizig delivered a car load of toys to the Durham Children’s Aid Society on behalf of the Club. These will go to help make a Happy Christmas for many children.

Steve Dizig dropping off toys at the Durham Children’s Aid Society.

Monday December 2nd Holiday Fun Night, Toy Drive & Fundraiser.

Hi Everyone,
The holiday season is almost here and I would like to invite you all to join us for our annual Holiday Round Robin Fun Night.  The night will include both doubles and singles round robin games for all levels of players (the more the merrier)!  The holiday season is about giving.  Every year, we collect a donation from everyone that goes towards helping out families in need over the holiday season…

….Click Here to See More about Naiya …..

Here are the details for the evening…
Date: Monday Dec. 2nd
Time: 6:15 – 8:00 Squash Round Robin with a BINGO game twist!
What to bring: A cash donation.  We are asking for a minimum of $10 but anything over $10 would be very much appreciated.We will have a box to place your donations just outside the courts on Dec. 2nd
We will be heading over to Sabina’s restaurant for some holiday food and beverage following our fun night at the squash club.  
I will have a sign up sheet posted in both the doubles and singles court area or feel free to respond to me and let me know if you would prefer to play doubles or singles.  
Looking forward to playing some “fun” squash and making things just a little bit easier for our little friend Naiya and her mom.  

See you on the courts,
Nicole

Toy Drive a Great Success

The 2018 TOY DRIVE AND FUN TOURNAMENT was a great success and a great time was had by all.   What is more, a great many children will have a Happy Christmas due to the generosity of our members.   Here is a picture of the group. 

2018 Toy Drive Fun Tournament Participants.

Thank you to all that participated.     Thank you to Ron Del for the great Pics.  Click HERE for More pics.    And a special thanks to Nicole Pirko for organizing and to Steve and Fred Dizig for delivering the Toys to the Durham Children’s Aid Society.   They were thrilled with the contribution.

Steve delivered the toys on Wednesday to The Durham Children’s Aid

Christmas Toy Drive Fun Tournament Dec 10th

Hi Everyone,

The holiday season is almost here and I would like to invite everyone to join us for our annual holiday “toy drive” fun night.  The night will include both doubles and singles squash round robin fun games for all levels of players (the more the merrier)!  I ask that everyone bring an unwrapped toy to donate to a local charity (Durham Children’s Aid) to help support families in need of buying gifts for their children this season.  The evening will finish off at Sabina’s restaurant for some drinks and food for those of you who would like to join us!  Here are the details:
 
Date: Monday Dec. 10th
(both doubles and singles house leagues are done)
Time: 6:00 sharp 
What to bring: an unwrapped children’s toy
 
Please feel free to respond to me and let me know if you would prefer to play doubles or singles or sign up on the boards in either the singles or doubles court area to participate in this fun, social event.  Looking forward to playing some “fun” squash and helping to put smiles on some children’s faces this holiday season!
 
Nicole
Below Pictured is the 2017 Toy Drive Donations.  Let’s see if we can beat out last year’s generosity.