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The Beeton Legion's Poppy Campaign, which launches today, received a financial boost from a local business over the weekend.
Trevor's Roof Repairs dropped off a $1,000 cheque on Saturday, which will go a long way in helping veterans, since in-person fundraising has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19.
Robyn Caruana, who operates the business with her husband Trevor, said they usually donate to a few organizations each year and noted that the Beeton Legion is in dire need of Poppy Campaign funds.
"We were just thinking about the fact that the Poppy fundraising is going to be extremely difficult to do this year because the Legion can't canvas in the same way they would normally do,” she explained.
“They can't stand outside the liquor stores or the grocery stores to collect money and although they can put a poppy box in stores, the foot traffic in stores is much less this year than what it typically would be."
As well, fundraising in-person generates significantly more donations than leaving a box, Caruana added.
The wreath ceremony for the Beeton Legion has also been cancelled which would help to raise money each year.
Caurana said the organization's president, Chris Miller, was extremely grateful to receive the money and overwhelmed to see that there's people in the community still thinking of them at this time.
"The other piece is Trevor and I were just talking about in general, with this generation of kids, we're kind of at a point where they won't know anybody who served [in the World Wars] and it's really up to my generation to kind of keep that memory going,” she said.
“Making sure that money is there for the education to go forward so all the younger generations still have the ability to learn about the sacrifices made and still have it in the community. Having those assemblies, those ceremonies, they need to be funded or else they won't happen,” Caruana continued.
"It's our hope to keep these things alive and anything we can do to help support, we're happy to.”
By Sam Odrowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
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