But don’t think that this small fact stopped the generosity of our members.
This year, our charity leaders continued there efforts to make Christmas a little better for those less fortunate.
Steve Dizig has headed up the Toy Drive for the past number of years. This year, with the help of Master Woodworker, Steve Flude, who made boxes full of wooden toys, and other members who turned up with unwrapped toys, Steve and Fred Dizig were able to again deliver a van load of toys to the Durham Children’s Aid Society.
Rick D’Souza has championed our Christmas Food Bank Drive contributions in the last few years. This year, again with the help of Fred Dizig, he collected contributions from friends and members of the club. They were then able to take a van load of food and a fist full of cheques totalling $2000 to the St. Paul’s on the Hill Food Bank.
Thank you to these dedicated members and to all those who contributed to the success of our Toy Drive and Food Bank Drive that “didn’t happen” this year.
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.