DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: An enterprising young man from Uxbridge approached council recently with a novel idea to raise funds for the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank.
Hayden Prince, a Grade 7 student at Joseph Gould PS made a presentation before council at their meeting on the morning of Monday, Oct. 7, detailing his ambitious plan for a fundraiser at Elgin Park later this month, in support of the local food bank.
Mr. Prince, who is also a member of the Roxy Kids, plans on holding a special AirSoft Tournament at the park on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will have a Halloween theme, with a team of Zombies pitted against a team of Survivors.
According to Mr. Prince, AirSoft is a game played using toy guns to shoot small, biodegradable pellets, and uses safety equipment similar to paintball.
As part of his fundraiser in support of the food bank, Mr. Prince is hoping to have 100 kids participate, and raise $1,000 along with 1,000 items for the food bank.
Council was very enthusiastic over the presentation, wishing the young man success in his endeavor.
"I think it’s a great idea, outside in the fresh air, hopefully you get good weather for the event," commented Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet.
Councillors opted to waive the park rental fee for the event, and Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor praised Mr. Prince’s commitment to helping the Uxbridge community.
"It’s outstanding that a young man of Hayden’s age would put something like this together to help those in need, and we look forward to working with you on this event," said Mayor O’Connor.
A web site promoting the event - www.shoot4food.com - is in the process of being finalized, and should be up and running soon.
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