Service clubs innovate but need support too

We are all much to aware of the impact COVID-19 has had on our lives.

The worldwide pandemic has simply permeated everything we do. It has changed how we do our jobs, how we receive education, how we buy things in stores, how we enjoy our recreation -- if each of these things are even possible, COVID causing shutdowns across the board.

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It has taken getting used to.

It has caused stress.

It has left us all stressed.

It has also meant there has been a need to adapt, and as a species we humans do that pretty well.

Take, as a shining example, service clubs such as the local Kinsmen, Rotary and Lions.

They have always been hard working organizations that raise funds by their good works, which they then pass on to help fund projects that are a benefit to the community.

However, the pandemic has put a definite crinkle in traditional fundraising efforts.

There was no summer fair to run a food booth to raise money.

There was no live film festival to tie a lobster cook-out to.

There was no Rhythm ‘n Ribs to be part of.

The loss of events has hit fundraising hard.

But, for service clubs there is still a desire to help.

In some cases there are long-term commitments to fund -- yearly payments due.

And, of course in the face of COVID-19 the need for support has certainly not been reduced.

So, locally, service clubs have had to adapt with alternate fundraising efforts such as 50/50 draws held over a number of months instead of a single event.

It is important, if you are able, to consider helping these clubs with their efforts, because the money earned will do good things in the community, for the Kinsmen Arena in the past, to supporting efforts from minor hockey, to minor football and the list could fill much of this page.

The clubs are dealing with the restrictions of COVID as best they can, in an effort to continue their good work, and they should be commended and supported because of that.

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