Haldimand photo taken by Wellness & Recovery Centre (Photo Club)
left to right (Ron Tomczak, Susan Roach, Chuck Hogeterp, Lori Elgin, Scott MacLeod, Aura Rempel, Doris Kienitz, David Sykes, Brittany Burley) bottom left to right (Brooke Martin and Sandie Heirwegh, Phinn and Dino)

On September 19, United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk kicked off their 2019 campaign with over $10,000 raised at their third annual Jail & Bail event in Simcoe and Cayuga. The weather was perfect and the day was full of fun, with creative crimes such as ‘Never Giving a Straight Answer,’ ‘Cow Tipping’ and ‘Failing to Buy the Office Lunch’. They saw new criminal faces this year which is always great but in Cayuga the obvious favourite were a couple of dogs named Phinn and Dino who were jailed for ‘Excessive Barking’ and ‘Destruction of Property’. Traditionally at this time of year United Way announces their campaign goal of how much money they hope to raise but this year they made a change.

“More important to us than the dollars raised, is the impact these funds have on the community, which is why this year we are going to announce our annual campaign goal as an impact goal of what we plan to achieve in the community! said Brittany Burley, UWHN Executive Director.

Norfolk – left to right (Toby Barrett, Bree Jellis, Glenn Slade, Natalie Ellis, Linda Branderhorst, Sean Penn, Mirjana Vucic, Matt LeSage, Anita Hillis-Krause, Vicki Anderson, Ron Tomczak, Susan Roach, OPP Norfolk Representatives, John Fashing OPP S/Sgt, Katherine Whitney, Brittany Burley) bottom left to right (Brooke Martin, Ruth Mills, Rudi Atkinson, Tess Inksetter)
Photo taken by – Wellness & Recovery Centre (Photo Club)

In 2020, the United Way’s goal is to help 16,000 people in Haldimand and Norfolk. This number includes mental health and wellness supports for 2,000 people, educational programs for 2,500 children, community programs for 3,000 seniors and 8,000 people moving themselves from poverty to possibility. Burley stated, “This is only possible with the support from the communities in which we live.” In the past year United Way supported 12 non-profit organizations running 15 programs that helped over 15,000 people. If you would like to contribute to help United Way reach their 2020 goal, contact 519-426-5660 or visit www.unitedwayhn.on.ca.

United Way extends thanks to the following: McDonald’s (Simcoe) for coffee, Tim Hortons (Cayuga) for coffee and prizes, OPP Norfolk for their time and fingerprinting skills, Ron Tomczak the FauxPP Officer, Turkstra Lumber (Simcoe) for creating the jail cell, Community Addiction and Mental Health Services of Haldimand and Norfolk for Photos & Presentation, Adam Veri for the Logo design, MyFM for the sound system, and Foodland (Cayuga) and Shopper’s Drugmart (Simcoe) for the use of their parking lot.