About 100 people took part in a march this Saturday as part of the national Grand Parade initiative, raising funds for long-term care facilities and their programming
Two local care homes participated in this year’s Grand Parade, a family fundraising walk that helps support charities that provide essential care and services to aging Canadians.
Residents, volunteers and supporters of the Finnish Nursing Home in Ontario, along with the FJ Davey Home, each staged a march as part of the Grand Parade’s national mission to support long-term care facilities duration and their programs.
The Finnish rest home had over 60 walkers, 30 volunteers and 14 teams taking part in their first-ever walk with the Grand Parade, raising over $50,000, doubling their original goal set earlier this summer.
Tarja Loewen, president of the foundation and volunteer at the Finnish Nursing Home, is overwhelmed by the support she has received through this charitable endeavor.
“We have a lot of supporters,” she said. “The residents, their families, the volunteers – it’s just outstanding. Our sponsors came in force too, it’s just phenomenal.
One of the teams participating today, the “Funky Fingers”, finished among the top fundraising teams in Canada. Led by Heidi Schell and Carol Whitfield, their team has raised over $9,000 to help support the Finnish Nursing Home Foundation.
Meanwhile, eight FJ Davey Home teams have raised more than $15,000 for his foundation according to the Grand Parade website.
Following an opening ceremony, participants enjoyed a 2.5km march, and many said they were already looking forward to participating in the Grand Parade again next year.