DATE: April 19, 2012
London, ON—The Salvation Army recently issued a challenge to the residents of London and surrounding communities to raise $1.5 million dollars by May 31, 2012, in order to save Bethesda Centre, which provides accommodation, counselling, and support to teenage girls during their pregnancy and after the birth of their babies.
Employees of the centre are members of Southwestern Ontario Health Care and Service Workers Union, Local 303.
As part of its fundraising efforts, the “Save Bethesda” Committee, along with other concerned citizens within the community of London, will be holding a community fundraising barbecue tomorrow at Covent Market from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
“We’re glad to be able help out,” says Trish Douma. CLAC is supplying its events barbecue, and staff will help with the cooking. “We’ve sent letters to our signatory employers in the area letting them know about the event so hopefully our members can get out on their lunch breaks. We encourage all our local members and supporters to drop in and support a great cause.”
At Bethesda, expectant mothers live in a supportive and positive residential environment, where they are able to continue their education while also learning how to care for and nurture their babies. The centre also encompasses a Second Stage Independent Living Program for parenting teenagers and the Cantara Childcare and Parenting Resource Centre.
If you would like to help Save Bethesda, visit the Salvation Army's donation page.
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