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Charity strikes gratifying note

Opinion

It bears repeating that charity begins at home, but it doesn’t end there.

Two events in a week show us how great it is to give to causes that help people in ways far beyond what we may comprehend.

It’s the 15th anniversary of the Race on the River that is scheduled for Friday and Saturday in New Glasgow.

Years ago, few could contemplate how Glasgow Square and the East River could be the perfect place for the Race on the River, and how the river could be such an ideal waterway that draws dozens of crews, hundreds of paddlers and hundreds more spectators for the nearly 40 dragon boat races. It is a special time and place, with remarkably few hitches during a time of joy, pathos and reverence all at once.

Three charities continue to benefit from the races and the fund-raising each team accumulates: Women Alike Breast Cancer Survivors, Special Olympics Northern Region and Pictou County Prostate Support Association.

Women Alike and the prostate support group have been helping those in need for years to improve their quality of life and ultimately make cancer an even more curable disease.

Special Olympics have been a boon for the athletes with a mental disability who have taken part in the events associated with them. Pictou County athletes were among those who took part and achieved success recently at the 2016 Nova Scotia Special Olympics Summer Games in Wolfville. Some of them will advance to the 2018 Canadian Special Olympics Summer Games in Antigonish, which is located in the Northern Region. Having the event so close to home promises to be a special experience for those involved.

Meanwhile, last weekend Pictou County Roots for Youth received a double boost, thanks to the more than $13,000 raised during the Routes to Riches event that was accompanied by the arrival of Joe Roberts and his Push for Change campaign to raise awareness about homelessness in Canada.

Roberts is correct to emphasize that homelessness in Pictou County and elsewhere is real, even if it is not obvious. Like many work pursuits or difficult personal challenges, when it comes to being homeless and needing a place like Roots House in New Glasgow, it takes one to know one.

Years ago in a church, enough people realized the need and shared the common vision that resulted in Roots House being developed. For all the heart, money helps too and Routes for Riches is a summer event that complements a winter event like the Coldest Night Walk that

raises funds for the Life Shelter in New Glasgow.
We are richer for this work, largely volunteer and thoroughly part of the reason why this is a wonderful place to live, share and grow.

Editors Note: In last week’s editorial there was an incorrect reference to CHAD founder Ron Levy. The Advocate apologizes for the error.

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