SCUGOG: Honduras is a country characterized by contradiction. It is a popular tourist destination because of its lush rainforest, the magnificent Mesoamerican barrier reef, and the many historic Mayan structures, but amongst the natural beauty and rich culture, the country is plagued with economic instability, gang violence, wide-spread poverty and lack of job opportunities. According to the World Bank, more than 66 percent of Hondurans live in poverty. One in five people endure, what is called “extreme poverty,” and must support themselves on less than $1.90 a day.
In a joint effort with other churches across Canada, members from the Port Perry New Song Church, a part of the Anglican Network in Canada, are partnering with their sister church, St. Brides Anglican church of Mississauga, and are taking action to provide support and assistance to the people of Roatan Island in Honduras.
Suzanne Garriock explained, “In 2014, work began with Missionaries, Nelson and Kara Meija of Honduras, to build the first “Hurricane-safe” church on the Island. “We will be travelling there, from March 7th to the 14th, to continue our work there. This church, which can seat 400 people, will not just be a church, but can also serve as a Community Centre, a Mobile Health Care Centre, and a Youth Centre. It is located high up in the hills to be safe from potential disaster, from tidal waves and hurricanes. A team of volunteer engineers designed the building. This is a Christian and humanitarian project, and all the supporters are from Canada and work as volunteers.”
This year, the team of 16 youth and leaders, from the New Song church and the St. Brides church, have raised $4,100, to-date, to continue construction on the church. Their goal, for this trip, is to lay a 3 inch concrete foundation over the existing temporary foundation, and finish tiling the floor. They will be assisting local workers, who they have hired for this phase of the project, and who have been working on it since 2014, thereby providing employment to local workers, as well as providing the financial contributions to cover the cost of the materials for the building.
Suzanne Garriock and her husband will be taking their two children on this trip. Suzanne stated, “My husband and I believe that every child should experience a view of the developing world, before being launched into the world on their own, so they can appreciate the opportunity that God has given them within the family they grew up with...It is very easy to take everything for granted. It is our hope that our youth will see the world with more open eyes and want to be part of the bigger picture. To have them want to try to make a difference, by pitching in, either by continuing with mission work, spreading the word of God or simply by trying to make the world a better place in small ways”.
While the volunteer group is there, for the week in March, they will also be hosting a “Vacation Bible Camp” for the local children to attend.
To support this cause all are welcome to attend a “Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction” fundraiser, on Friday, February 1st, at the New Song Church, at 6:30 p.m., located at 14460 Simcoe St. in Port Perry.
For tickets to this fundraiser, or to make a donation for this project, contact Chris at the New Song Church, at 905-982-2064. Donations of supplies, such as clothing, crafts, sports equipment, balls, and educational materials, will also be gladly accepted.
UXBRIDGE: Seniors receive unexpected gifts from the Quaker Village PS school community.
On December 8th, from 9 a.m. to noon, parents, students and staff at Quaker Village PS in Uxbridge celebrated the upcoming holidays by thinking of the senior citizens at Butternut Manor Residence.
The school decided to host their parent engagement event differently this year. Grade 8 students helped the younger students make personalized crafts and cards for local seniors. Vice-Principal Gavin Ruddock and one of the parents, Jenn Pearlston, helped to organize the event.
“The goal of this initiative is to remind students and families that the holidays are about giving,” Ruddock said.
The students worked hard on the crafts and loved the idea of making the senior’s day a little brighter.
“I just loved the whole thing! The event was such a great idea,” said Grade 5 student Jane F. “I loved doing crafts. Helping all the cute kids with their crafts was fun and the snacks were delicious.”
They also played the movie “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” in the library and set-up a holiday dance area for the kids who finished their cards. Ruddock said the families also donated non-perishable food items that will be given to the local food bank later this month.
"We made cards for the seniors to make them feel happy,” says Grade 1 students Ian P.
The personalized crafts and cards were delivered by the students in person to the residents at the retirement home.
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All Canadian Celtic rock band, “The Mudmen” will be making a stop at Town Hall 1873 in Port Perry on January 11th for the bands 21st Anniversary Tour.
Mudmen was first formed in 1993 as “The Campbell Brothers”, but later signed a deal with EMI Records and changed the band’s name to Mudmen in 1998.
Since it’s inception the band has played over 2600 shows to date, with more than 40 Cross Canada Tours under their belt.
Robby Campbell, co-founder of Mudmen, describes the band’s music as, “a party waiting to happen.”
The band’s Celtic rock music is sure to get attendants of the show up on their feet, for a fun filled evening of dancing.
Robby added, the music is timeless and suits all ages, so everyone from nine years old to ninety should have a fun time.
In 2018 the band, celebrated their 20th anniversary, touring, by releasing a brand-new book called “20 Years in The Mud.”
The inspiration for the book came from the band member's desires to share their life stories, the ups and downs, and all round experience with Mudmen over 20 years.
“If your Canadian and you like stories about Canada, bands, trials and tribulations, triumphs and regrets, then this is a must read story, in my opinion,” Robby said. “It’s a good part of Canadian history, and I don’t believe many bands are more Canadian then the Mudmen.”
According to Robby, Mudmen has been across Canada nearly 50 times and 80 per cent of their gigs have been in the Great White North.
Apart from the Canadian history aspects of the book, he added, “I think people are going to be surprised where we’ve been, what we’ve done and who we know.”
Any fans of the Mudmen are welcomed to meet with band members after the show, according to Robby.
He said, “We will take pictures and meet with anybody who wants to talk to us.”
Tickets for the show are available online at http://www.townhall1873.ca/. Cost is $28 for adults and $25 for youth.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m., inside Town Hall 1873, located at 302 Queen Street, in Port Perry. Robby encourages everyone in the area to come out and enjoy a night of live music and entertainment.
He said, “I think it will be a fun night. You can bring out grandma and the little kids, it would be a great Christmas present.”