LISTOWEL – This little piggy went to market, and this little piggy stayed home. Fortunately, many more little piggies are on their way to local homes and businesses to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society Wheels of Hope program.
Fundraising co-ordinator Kathleen Mack said the Pigs of Hope campaign has already been successful in other areas across Huron and Perth, and she thought it would be worth bringing to North Perth as a fun way to raise money for a good cause. Mack has been involved with the Wheels of Hope program for eight years and previously served as a co-ordinator, so the service is close to her heart.
“I miss that, so this is a way to get back into it and raise some much needed funds,” she said. “I believe in the transportation program and the service it provides.”
On Saturday, Dec. 5, Pigs of Hope will be up for adoption at Life’s A Party in Listowel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., each one coming with an adoption certificate and “feeding instruction” on how to stuff the piggy banks with cash and spare change. Mack said the goal is for each piggy bank to collect $50, which is the average cost of a ride offered through Wheels of Hope.
“If they collect more that’s great, if they’re a little short that’s OK too,” Mack said. “Every little bit helps.”
Mack said the response to the fundraisier has been overwhelming already, with many little piggies already in new homes.
“I started out with 25 piggies but I have 20 spoken for already,” she said. “I’m looking forward to a good day on Saturday.”
Anyone who adopts a pig is invited to name their pig and keep track of its weight, with challenges for the best named and best dressed pigs by emailing photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeting @ccshuronperth.
Wheels of Hope connects volunteer drivers with cancer patients to help them attend cancer-related appointments, as one in five patients in Ontario are unable to reach appointments due to physical or financial challenges.
Last year, the service assisted 143 cancer patients with 1,750 rides across Huron and Perth to the amount of $54,000. Mack said the Wheels of Hope program is not only important to the patient, it is very much appreciated by many families as well.
“We love to be able to get the patients to their appointments if we can,” she said. “It relieves a lot of stress for the families knowing the service is there.”
Ron Robinson has served as a driver for Wheels of Hope for 10 years, and initially got involved as a way to give back to the community.
“I wanted to do something different, and I like helping people,” he said. “I enjoy the conversation with the clients, you get to know most of them pretty well.”
One of Robinson’s clients is Jim Scarlett, a cancer patient who sees the value in the program and getting where he needs to be.
“If you’re not well, they will get you where you have to go no problem,” Scarlett said.
For more information on the Pigs of Hope campaign, contact Kathleen Mack at 519-291-1626 or Tracey Goetz at 519-291-5100 ext. 5003.