MADOC, ONT. – It may be several months before the Give Where You Live (GWUL) tour touches down, but the crew has already received their first official donation from a local student.
Last week, 12-year-old Madoc Public School student Jamal Demorest handed over a cheque for $209.00 to GWUL, which this year is directly supporting Camp Trillium’s Garratt’s Island in Prince Edward County.
GWUL is community fundraising effort hosted through the volunteer efforts of police officers from local Ontario Provincial Police detachments and the Belleville Police Service.
“Jamal has been with us from the beginning and continues to be a huge supporter of our efforts,” said Belleville police Const. Jeremy Ashley, who accepted the cheque from Demorest.
Since he was six, Demorest has raised upwards of $2,000 for the group, which was formerly known as Pedal for Hope Quinte.
When asked why he continues to raise money for the efforts of the police officers, Demorest reply revealed a personal connection to the plight of the initiative, which focuses on raising money for local children battling cancer.
“My dad died from cancer and I don’t want anybody else to go through what I did,” he said. “It’s bad enough for adults to get cancer, but it’s just so sad for kids.
The families with sick kids try so hard to make a normal life – I hope this helps kids be kids. They deserve this and much more.”
Raising money has turned into a community effort for the youngster over the years.
“My family, friends and neighbours are great. They give me pledge money each year. We have yard sales and last year I gave my birthday money to the Pedal for Hope (Quinte).
“The fun part is knowing that I did something to help kids. It’s pretty cool getting my head shaved each year and having a big assembly at school.”
This fall the GWUL tour will kick off on October 10, 2017 and visit a number of elementary schools throughout Hastings and Prince Edward counties, playing host to high energy assemblies, ice-cream eating contests and more.
For more information about Give Where You Live or to get your school involved, visit gwul.ca.