Members of North Dundas Council as well as Township staff are participating in a family-friendly fundraiser walk next month to raise money for Dundas Manor. The event – called “The Grand Parade” – aims to support local charities and organizations that support Canada’s aging population. Dundas Manor was a fitting beneficiary for the local team.
A national event, The Grand Parade involves 2.5km long predetermined looped routes which can be walked once or twice to make it a 5km walk. The event features a walker check-in, send-off ceremonies, signed routes, rest stops, and helpful volunteers along the way. The event will take place next month on September 16.
Winchester’s very own event has a route that begins at the Community Care Building on Fred Street, and loops through the subdivision and up through the downtown core before returning. It’s not too late to register your own team!
Participants must register ahead of time by visiting https://thegrandparade.org/register. There is no registration fee to participate in The Grand Parade, but the organization encourages all participants to fundraise. As a goal, most walkers raise around $250, sometimes much more!
The Township’s team is called “North Dundas Township Trekkers”. A note on the team’s fundraising page reads, “In Canada, growing older can often rob people of status, a sense of being valued, and even self-respect. On September 16, 2023, we’re walking and fundraising to publicly honour and support aging friends and family and to raise funds for the much-needed new Dundas Manor. Please give generously to our campaign.”
Dundas Manor is a well-regarded long term care home in the heart of Winchester. It opened in 1978, and in 2020, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care approved a plan to build a new and improved facility, right next door to the existing one. The current expectation is for “shovels to be in the ground” this fall.
There are different ways to show support for Dundas Manor through The Grand Parade, including registering to participate or donating to a local team. You can donate to the North Dundas Township Trekkers by visiting https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=1001706. You can also donate to a specific member of the Township team by clicking on their name after visiting the team link above.