All proceeds will go to Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington, Hopewell Children's Homes, Nightingale Centre and St. Joseph's Health Centre Guelph.
The proceeds from the Rotary Club of Guelph Wellington’s Got Duck event will support children and youth living in low-income households with the necessities for healthy development including nutritious food, clothing, supplies for physical, recreational and learning activities, and more.
Our Distress Line has trained volunteers provide emotional support through active listening and empathy at times when you may feel stressed, overwhelmed, and hopeless. This service is anonymous, confidential, and free to all residents. Also, our TeleConnect service is a unique service where local community members can improve their social connection by receiving a daily phone call from a trained volunteer. Calls may focus on providing emotional support, casual conversation, or establishing reminders and prompts that support the needs of the individual. No referral required. This is a free service and enrollment is voluntary for all resident. Simply call! Funding from the Rotary Duck Race will support these programs which are both critical during these times.
For Hopewell these funds will assist us in supporting children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities to have access to quality programming that is currently limited due to COVID-19. Many of the individuals we support are medically fragile and even with the community slowly opening, in order to maintain their safety, they will continue to be isolating at their homes. This means we need to bring additional resources into our centres – this means purchasing extra games and toys to prevent boredom. In addition, as a result of COVID, we need equipment and furniture that is washable and resistant to attracting germs. Funding from the Rotary Duck Races will make a huge direct impact here in Guelph for the vulnerable people we support.
The Nightingale Centre is a non-profit organization that has been created to provide grief and bereavement support to children, adolescents, and their families in Guelph and Wellington County who have experienced, or are anticipating, the death of a family member. This mission has not changed and we have put in place measures to accommodate families during the current global pandemic through virtual bereavement programs. Funding from the Rotary Duck Race will help us do this.
With more than 100 specialized hospital beds and 240 long-term care beds, St Joseph’s Health Centre is on the frontlines of the fight to contain the COVID-19 virus in Guelph-Wellington County. To support the Health Centre’s priority needs, our Foundation has established the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund. Donations from the Got Duck event will help St. Joseph’s to purchase much-needed medical equipment, additional hospital beds, personal protective equipment and supplies for infection control and prevention.