Reverend walks a mile in their shoes…
Rev. Dr. David Bruce making 42.2 KM trek to highlight plight of older homeless men and the only “home” many of them have.
The average homeless member of The Good Neighbours’ Club walks as much as 15K per day in search of food, shelter and work. Reverend David Bruce wants them to know they’re not walking alone. On Thursday, April 21st, 2011, starting at 7am, he will walk the 42.2 km from his country Church, Heritage United in Markham, to the Good Neighbours’ Club at Jarvis and Shuter in Toronto. There he will help Good Neighbours’ Club members kick off their Toronto Challenge pledge drive with a $2000 donation from his congregation. Proceeds will go to The Good Neighbours’ Club, a day club for older homeless and marginally housed men, and the closest thing to a home that many of them have.
- Rev. Dr. David Bruce, 47, walking 42.2KM to The Good Neighbours’ Club to highlight the plight of the older, homeless men the club serves. (The Good Neighbours’ Club is not affiliated with any religious organization). Rev. Dr. Bruce is a board member of The Good Neighbours’ Club.
- Red-shirted, noisy club members and supporters will meet Bruce at Yonge-Dundas Square and walk with him to The Good Neighbours’ Club
- At The Good Neighbours’ Club, Rev. Bruce will present $2000 from his congregation to the men for their Toronto Challenge walk for the Good Neighbours’ Club
- His progress will be tweeted under the hashtag #RevwalkGNC
- Thursday, April 21st, 2011
- 7:00am – 5:00pm
- 7am start from Heritage United Church
- We will be regularly updated by Rev. Bruce as he goes
- 3:45pm (approx.) arrival at Yonge-Dundas Square
- 3:50pm (approx.) departure to Good Neighbours’ Club
- 4:05pm (approx.) arrival at The Good Neighbours’ Club
- 4:10pm (approx.) celebration and cheque presentation
- Rev. Dr. David Bruce of Heritage United Church, Markham
- Members of the Good Neighbours’ Club, men who are 50 and over, who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness. You can hear them speak about The Good Neighbours’ Club on this Good Neighbours’ Club video
- Dozens of cheering, noisy supporters including musicians and club members to cheer Rev. Bruce
- From: Heritage United Church in Markham (7046 11th Concession Road, Markham, Ont.)
- Then North to the 14th at the Pickering Border, West to Yonge and all the way down Yonge
- To Yonge Dundas Square
- To the Good Neighbours’ Club (170 Jarvis St)
The Good Neighbours’ Club is a Toronto charity dedicated to the homeless or marginally-housed man who is 50+ and trying to find his way back to a normal life. By the time he is 50, a homeless man is aged well beyond his years. He is also vulnerable to attack by younger men. Members receive new, donated clothes and have access to mail services, showers, laundry facilities, hot meals, phones, televisions, games, computers, a weekly medical clinic staffed by Street Health nurses, a safe place to lock up valuables…and compassion. The club also provides funeral arrangements for members whose bodies would otherwise go unclaimed. The Good Neighbours’ Club is largely funded by the United Way of Greater Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Health and the City of Toronto, and is assisted by the Daily Bread Food Bank, Second Harvest, Whole Foods Market, Rotary Club of Toronto and Torontonians who realize that these men could be their fathers, their brothers, their sons or even themselves.
Additional information about The Good Neighbours’ Club can also be found at www.goodneighboursclub.org. Video of the men talking about why they’re fundraising for the club at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sXxCP6m3P8&feature=related and about their efforts to fundraise for Japan from the front page of the Toronto Star http://www.thestar.com/news/article/960325–fiorito-homeless-in-toronto-reach-out-to-homeless-in-japan and on video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs-0_NMCAHg