DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: After four years of fundraising, 15 year old Josh Morrison has surpassed his goal of raising 10 million pennies, or $100,000, to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Durham Region.
On Thursday, January 12th, Habitat for Humanity Durham announced that Mr. Morrison’s Pennies4Homes campaign had raised a total of $106,155.54.
“It’s amazing because in the four years this has been going on, it has been a big part of my life. It is neat to be able to look back and say ‘we’re done, we raised the money.’” Josh told The Standard.
CEO of Habitat for Humanity Durham Mary Bone stated, in a press release, just how impressed they have been with Mr. Morrison’s drive to get this done.
“Josh is an inspiration to all of us,” she said. “Today, we celebrate Josh not just exceeding his goal, but also the fact that he mobilized an entire community to help him do so, and that is what Habitat for Humanity is all about.”
Construction on the Penny House in Oshawa is expected to begin in the summer. Josh will now have the opportunity to be part of the Habitat for Humanity’s family selection committee. As well, when he turns 16 years old, he will be able to help build the Penny House.
“It’s really cool because Habitat for Humanity Durham has seen that I’m on board with this, so they’ve given me more opportunities,” Josh said.
Mr. Morrison said when he started his campaign at 11 years of age, he didn’t realize just how large $100,000 was.
“I thought it could be easily raised in my school. As I grew up, I realized it does take longer than I thought,” Josh said.
However, Josh wanted to stress that the account is still open and people can still donate to the campaign. For more information on how to donate, call the Habitat for Humanity Durham office at 905-428-7434 ext. 24.
Mr. Morrison also wanted to thank all of those who have made a donation to the campaign.
“I couldn’t have done it without everyone. I didn’t raise this money, the town did,” he said.
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