Morgan’s Public House was packed on June 4 to a sold-out fundraiser dinner hosted by the Rotary Club of White Rock Peninsula. Approximately 120 people attended, including three Sources staff, to raise money for various international charitable projects as well as Sources’ Hot Lunch Program at Women’s Place.
Every week, Tuesdays thru Fridays, women and their children 14 years of age and under can drop in at Sources Women’s Place to enjoy a warm meal, socialize with other women and access free clothing, laundry and shower facilities.
Around 40 to 60 women are served each day. Some of these women depend on the Hot Lunch Program to supplement their grocery budget, while others live alone and come to enjoy the sense of community they feel at the centre.
At the event, guests could pledge $100 to purchase hot lunches for a day or roughly 40 women. Some groups of friends pitched in together to buy a couple of days’ worth of hot lunches. With their kind support, $2,500 was fundraised for the program! This will enable us to provide about 1,000 delicious, nutritious and free meals for women in our community.
Overall, the event was a great success and featured a live band, silent and live auctions and a fashion show organized by local women’s clothing store Vanilla. Thousands of dollars was raised to help send wheelchairs, basic outdoor ovens and sewing machines to Rotary clubs in Central and South America for distributing to needy individuals. Surrey-White Rock MLA Gordon Hogg was the MC for the evening.
Rotary clubs have been a huge support to Sources programs in recent years and continue to be major supporters. For more than three years, the White Rock Peninsula Rotary club has been picking up surplus bread and baked goods from COBS Bread Southpoint Annex once a week and packaging them for distribution at Sources Women’s Place. This is much appreciated by our clients.
Many thanks to the local Rotarians for your ongoing support and to the individuals who generously donated to the Hot Lunch Program at Sources Women’s Place.