By Kaitlyn Clark
The Haldimand Press
HAGERSVILLE—The Hagersville Lions were able to donate $2,520 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haldimand and Norfolk on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
The Lions raised $520 of this amount, and the remainder came from a directed donation from Harwil Farms Mobile Feeds Ltd.
“We are extremely happy to have received that donation for such a worthy cause,” said Hagersville Lions President Dan Matten. He noted that Lion Doug Donovan has been focussing his efforts on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haldimand and Norfolk, adding, “To have young people helped and guided by others is a blessing. It can change lives. We hope this (donation) can help (Big Brothers Big Sisters) get through this difficult time.”
Anna Reu, Director of Services for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haldimand and Norfolk, couldn’t stop saying ‘thank you’ as she accepted the donation.
“This is huge. It’s a COVID gift,” said Reu. “You folks (the Hagersville Lions) have been coming to our fundraisers every year to support us.”
Reu spoke of the struggles the organization has had during COVID-19 and the importance of the relationships built by their program to “ignite potential” in the youth they serve.
She added, “This (donation) is amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Wendy Metcalfe and her daughter Jamie attended the cheque presentation on behalf of Harwil Farms.
“We wanted to support the Lions and in turn the community,” said Wendy. Jamie added that after a discussion with the Lions, they agreed that Big Brothers Big Sisters would be “the most beneficial” use of the funds.