CHRISTOPHER GREEN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: At the meeting of the evening of March 26th, Young Life representatives presented to Uxbridge council regarding the 2018 “The Greatest Fundraiser” Gala of the North Durham chapter of the organization. Each year the gala switches between being held in Scugog and Uxbridge. This year's gala will be held at Trinity Grace Academy in Prince Albert, on Saturday, April 14th, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Young Life, an international organization which started in 1941, first entered Canada in 1954. According to their website, “We’re all about relationships; ones that start with meeting kids where they’re at, caring for them and sharing the Christian faith in simple and understandable terms… all with no strings attached.”
Jessica Morrison, area director for North Durham, pointed councillors to a mission both they and Young Life share, “we have something in common, we all care about this town.” She went on to say, “Young Life wants to step into the world of kids and bridge the gap between us and them... we want to create an awesome community of trust.”
Ms. Morrison also shared a personal story of her dedication to local youth. “A couple of months ago at the end of September, I got a phone call [about] one of [the girls in the group who] tried to end her life.” she said. She went on to explain how she spent the night sleeping on the hospital floor to be sure she was there to help this young woman. “I would do that over and over again, because I got to sit with her and tell her that she has potential”. As a result of this care from Ms. Morrison, the young woman did not end her life.
Ms. Morrison emphasized that Young Life is not only for teenagers with rough lives, but can also benefit all teenagers.
Her younger brother, Joshua Morrison, well known locally for his penny drive that saw $125,000 raised for Habitat for Humanity, told of his experience in the group. “I would not be who I am today if it were not for Young Life,” he said, adding that his attendance in Young Life helped him to be less judgmental. “Going to Young Life has been able to teach me that every teen has potential.”
Punctuating his support for the group, he said, “The passion I have for young life far exceeds the passion I had to raise $125,000 in pennies.”
Responding to Jessica Morrison's invitation for councillors to attend the gala, Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor said, “Some days you turn on the television and see the horrors that are going on in the world, but after listening to the two of you tonight, I know the world's going to be in good hands with people like you as the next generation. We'll be proud to be there and see what you're doing and mingle with the youth.”
The fundraising gala will start at 7 p.m. on April 14th and run until 9 p.m. The event will be held at Trinity Grace Academy, at 14480 Old Simcoe Road, in Prince Albert.
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