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Hamilton Walks for Haiti

Public Works and Ancaster Rotary raise money to build wells in Haiti


HAMILTON, ON. – March 21, 2014 – At the 10th Annual World Water Day Walkathon this morning, Hamilton’s Public Works Department was pleased to present a cheque for $20,800 to Ancaster Rotarian Roy Sheldrick, for the Haiti “Water for Life” Project. The project is dedicated to building water wells in the villages of Haiti. The money raised today is enough to build four more wells.

In 2005, the Public Works Department initiated this walkathon to recognize the efforts of Haiti’s women and children and many more people around the world who have to walk miles for clean, safe water.

“This project is a very special cause to many of our staff,” said Dan McKinnon, Director of Hamilton Water. “We are thrilled with the fundraising support we received again this year which brings the City’s total funds raised for this project to nearly $200,000 over the last 10 years.”

Roy Sheldrick and Rotary International have installed approximately 240 wells to-date in the Artibonite Valley in central Haiti, providing clean water to over 200,000 people.
 
HAMILTON, ON. - March 22, 2013

At the 9th Annual World Water Day Walkathon staff of the Hamilton's Public Works Department were pleased to present a cheque for $20,650 to Ancaster Rotarian Roy Sheldrick, for the Haiti "Water for Life" Project.  The project is dedicated to building water wells in the villages of Haiti.
"This project is a very special cause to many of our staff,"  said Gerry Davis, General Manager of Public Works.  We are thrilled with the fundraising support we received again this year which brings the City's total funds raised for this project to over $170,000 over the last nine years."
The money raised today is enough to build four more wells.
Roy Sheldrick and the Rotary International have installed 240 wells to-date in the Artibonite Valley in central Haiti, providing clean water to over 200,000 people.



2013 Cheque Presentation


HAMILTON, ON. - March 22, 2012

The City of Hamilton’s Public Works Department presented a cheque for $18,500 to Ancaster Rotarian Roy Sheldrick, for the Haiti “Water for Life” Project.  The project is dedicated to building water wells in the villages of Haiti. The proceeds were raised at the 8th Annual World Water Day Walkathon held today at the Museum of Steam and Technology.
In 2005, the Public Works Department initiated this walkathon to recognize the efforts of Haiti's women and children and many more people around the world who have to walk miles for clean, safe water.
"We are absolutely thrilled at the fundraising effors of the enthusiastic City staff, students and community members who came out to walk this morning," said Dan McKinnon, Director of Water and Wastewater Operations in Public Works.  "This year's fundraising efforts bring the City's total funds raised for this project to nearly $150,000 over the last eight years."
Ancaster Rotarian Roy Sheldrick was extrememly pleased with the success of the walkathon "Thank you so much from myself, from Rotary and the people of Haiti for your outstanding efforts.  The money raised this week is enough to build three more wells."

Cheque Presentation 2012

 HAMILTON, ON. - March 22, 2011

The City of Hamilton’s Public Works Department was pleased to present Rotarian Roy Sheldrick with a cheque for $20,135. for the Haiti “Water for Life” Project. The proceeds came from the Public Works Water and Wastewater Group’s 7th Annual World Water Day Walkathon.
Ancaster Rotarian Roy Sheldrick and Rotary International have, to-date, installed over 200 wells in Haiti which provide the people there with clean, uncontaminated drinking water. “Our goal was to provide another village in Haiti with drinking water” said Shane McCauley, Manager of Customer Service and Community Outreach Section. “Thanks to the efforts of staff that put this event together, to everyone who came out and volunteered their time to walk, and to those who sponsored this event in some way, we were able to succeed. A special thanks goes to Hillcrest Elementary School who participated in the Walkathon.”
To date this annual walkathon has raised just over $128,000 and has built 26 wells.

Cheque Presentation 2011

HAMILTON, ON. – March 22, 2010

Due to the recent earthquake devastation in Haiti, the City of Hamilton’s Public Works Department recognized the need in Haiti being even greater this year.  

We were pleased to present Rotarian Roy Sheldrick with a cheque for $24,300 for the Haiti “Water for Life” Project. The money raised this morning is enough to build four more wells.
Ancaster Rotarian Roy Sheldrick and Rotary International have, to-date, installed over 200 wells in Haiti which provided clean, uncontaminated drinking water.  “Thanks to the efforts of staff that put this event together, to everyone who came out and volunteered their time to walk, and to those who sponsored this event in some way, we were able to succeed" said Dan McKinnon, Director, Water and Wastewater Operations.

2010 Walkathon

HAMILTON, ON. – March 24, 2009

The City of Hamilton’s Public Works Department was extremely pleased to present Ancaster Rotarian Roy Sheldrick with a cheque for the Haiti “Water for Life” Project. To date, The Water for Life Walkathon has raised more than $90,000 since inception in 2005. The proceeds were raised at the Water and Wastewater Division’s 5th Annual World Water Day Walkathon this morning.

Students from Hamilton's Holy Spirit and Stoney Creek's Our Lady of Peace Schools participated in the walkathon.  They carried small metal buckets to the walkathon's mid-pont along the Hamilton beach trail, where the buckets were filled with water for the return trip back to the steam museum.

This walk signifies the children in Haiti, who have to walk two to three miles a day to get water for their families.  Approximately 5,000 children world wide die each day from drinking contaiminated water.

The 2009 Water for Life Walkathon raised enough funds to drill another four new wells in Haiti's rural Aribonite Valley.


HAMILTON, ON. – March 20, 2008

The City of Hamilton’s Public Works Department was extremely pleased to present Ancaster Rotarian Roy Sheldrick with a cheque today for $22,400.00 for the Haiti "Water for Life" Project. The proceeds were raised at the Water and Wastewater Division’s 4th Annual World Water Day Walkathon this morning.

In 2005, the Public Works Department initiated this walkathon in recognition of the efforts of Haiti’s women and children and many more people around the world who have to walk miles for their water.

"It is important that we get involved in events such as this walkathon to remind all of us how fortunate we are to have access to clean water everyday," said Dan McKinnon, Manager of Customer Service and Community Outreach in the Water and Wastewater Division of Public Works.  "Every year this event gets bigger and we raise even more money for this project. We were able to reach a new fundraising record this year thanks to the enthusiastic City staff, students and community members who came out to walk this morning. "

Ancaster Rotarian Roy Sheldrick was extremely pleased with the success of the walkathon. "Having recently been to Haiti where I saw the joy expressed in the faces of the Haitians in a village where a well had recently been installed, I can truly say what a blessing this walkathon will be to four more villages in Haiti," Sheldrick said.  "Thank you so much from myself, from Rotary and the people of Haiti for your outstanding efforts. The money raised this morning is enough to build four more wells."
Roy Sheldrick and Rotary International have installed over 150 wells to-date in Haiti and provided over 100,000 people with clean, safe drinking water.  As a result of these outstanding fundraising efforts, the residents of the Artibonite Valley are among the healthiest in Haiti.

   HAMILTON , ON. – March 22, 2007

The City of Hamilton’s Public Works Department was extremely pleased to present Ancaster Rotarian Roy Sheldrick with a cheque today for $21,500.00 for the Haiti “Water for Life” Project. The proceeds were raised at the Water and Wastewater Division’s 3rd Annual World Water Day Walkathon this morning.
In 2005, the Public Works Department initiated this walkathon in recognition of the efforts of Haiti’s children and many more people around the world who have to walk miles for their water.
Roy Sheldrick and Rotary International have installed over 125 wells to-date in Haiti and provided over 100,000 people with clean, safe drinking water. As a result of these outstanding fundraising efforts, the residents of the Artibonite Valley are among the healthiest in Haiti

“It is important that the Public Works Department gets involved in events such as this walkathon to remind all of us how fortunate we are to have access to clean water everyday,” said Scott Stewart, General Manager of Public Works. “Every year this event gets bigger and we raise even more money for this project. We were able to succeed again today thanks to the efforts of staff who coordinated this event and to the enthusiastic Hamilton students and community members who came out to walk despite the wet weather. “
Ancaster Rotarian Roy Sheldrick was extremely pleased with the success of the walkathon. “Having recently been to Haiti where I saw the joy expressed in the faces of the Haitians in a village where a well had recently been installed, I can truly say what a blessing this walkathon will be to another village in Haiti,” Sheldrick said. “Thank you so much from myself, from Rotary and the people of Haiti for your outstanding efforts. The money raised this morning is enough to build five more wells.”

   HAMILTON , ONMarch 22, 2006

The City of Hamilton’s Public Works Department was pleased to present Rotarian Roy Sheldrick with a cheque for $14,000 for the Haiti “Water for Life” Project.
Ancaster Rotarian Roy Sheldrick and Rotary International have, to-date, installed over 100 wells in Haiti and provided over 50,000 people with clean, uncontaminated drinking water. Due to their efforts the residents of the ArtiboniteValley are among the healthiest in Haiti.
“Our goal was to provide another village in Haiti with drinking water” said Jim Harnum, Senior Director, Water and Wastewater Division. “Thanks to the efforts of staff that put this event together, to everyone who came out and volunteered their time to walk, and to those who sponsored this event in some way, we were able to succeed.
“Having recently been to Haiti where I saw the happiness and joy expressed in the faces of the Haitians in a village where a well had recently been installed, I can truly state what a blessing this walkathon will be to another village in Haiti,” said Rotarian Roy Sheldrick. “Thank you so much from myself, from Rotary and the people of Haiti for your efforts and caring concern.”

 

   HAMILTON, ONMarch 22, 2005

The City of Hamilton’s Public Works Department was pleased to present Rotarian Roy Sheldrick with a cheque for $7,500.00 for the Haiti “Water for Life” Project. The proceeds came from the Water and Wastewater Division’s 1st Annual World Water Day Walkathon.
Ancaster Rotarian Roy Sheldrick and Rotary International have, to-date, installed over 100 wells in Haiti and provided over 50,000 people with clean, uncontaminated drinking water. Due to their efforts the residents of the Artibonite Valley are among the healthiest in Haiti.
“Our goal was to provide another village in Haiti with drinking water” said Jim Harnum, Senior Director, Water and Wastewater Division. “Thanks to the efforts of staff that put this event together, to everyone who came out and volunteered their time to walk, and to those who sponsored this event in some way, we were able to succeed. A special thanks goes to a caring Grade 8 student Nicholas Klimchuk, from Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic School who brought all the Grade 7 and 8 students to participate in the Walkathon.”