Grand River Amazing Race Saturday July 21st 2012

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In support of:

Womens Crisis Services of Waterloo Region

Women’s Crisis Services is a long standing not-for-profit charitable organization.      The histories of both Haven House and Anselma House in Waterloo Region date back to 1978.

Haven House      Began in 1978 in a house on Water Street in Cambridge; it was called the Rotary Family Centre.      In 1981, along with the move to Argyle Street, the name changed to Family Crisis Shelter.      In 1991, a new 11 bed shelter was built at 562 Concession Rd. in Cambridge.      In 1998 the name changed once again to Women’s Crisis Services of Cambridge and North Dumfries.      In 2002 the Concession Road location was expanded to 30 beds.

Anselma House      Began in 1978 in a house on Duke Street in Kitchener; it was called Anselma House and retains this name today.      The demand increased and a new 20 bed shelter was built in 1989 on Ann Street in Kitchener.      In 2011 a new 45 bed shelter was built on Heritage Drive in Kitchener.

Up until 2001 Haven House and Anselma House operated as two separate organizations.      In 2001 Haven House and Anselma House merged to form Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.      At that time, the Board of Directors merged and one Executive Director was assigned to manage both facilities.

In 2007, Women’s Crisis Services adapted the Dragonfly as its corporate logo along with the tag line “Moving Beyond Violence.”      Fittingly and according to Carter Revard, “The Dragonfly lifts us up and encourages us to believe that human courage and ingenuity may keep alive our finest human values.”

In 2011, the agency’s Bylaws were updated and the Executive Director title was changed to Chief Executive Officer.

Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries

In 1940 a group of community members came together to support local families who found themselves disorganized because of WWII; loss of employment and/or family bereavement. Among the many things the members did to support local families which included knitting socks and producing medical bandages, was to help source food, assist with paying urgent household bills, and counselling for those soldiers returning from the war.  Sometimes this involved counselling to help the family reunite and form a stronger family unit.  Sometime it involved counselling and arranging more intensive support for those soldiers experiencing significant post experience trauma; to the extent they were unable to reunite successfully with their families or find meaningful employment.  Over the following years, Family Counselling Centre organized and incorporated as a not for profit agency in 1961.  By 1967, the agency had acquired the status as a registered charitable organization with Canada Revenue Agency. Some of those founding members went on to form the Cambridge Kin Club and some of those members went on to form the United Way of Cambridge & North Dumfries.

Woolwich Community Services

Woolwich Community Services is a community based, registered charity, which provides free confidential information and referral services to individuals and families.  We provide the link in connecting people to the programs and services designed to meet their needs.

Kissing Bridge Trailway

We are creating one of the most significant Trailways in Southwestern Ontario. This Trailway is the backbone of local trails and it will provide a very safe transportation route from Guelph to Lake Huron (Biking, Running or Hiking). By preserving and developing this trail we are protecting approximately 3 square KMs of land, roughly the size of downtown Toronto




Family Fun Weekend July 20 & 21 2012

On July 20 & 21 the Kin Club of Woolwich will be hosting their annual event the Family Fun Weekend at the West Montrose Family camp.

Address: 6344 Line 86  West Montrose, ON N0B 2V0
Phone: 519-669-2129 woolwich fun casino

The weekend is just that, FUN! You can join us for the day or the whole weekend. Camp sites are available for those that wish to stay all weekend. There is something to do for everyone. During the day there is live entertainment, face painting, a small midway, silent auction and lots of food available. Saturday join us for breakfast and a coffee for only $4.
Stick around and join us for some great BBQ food for lunch and dinner as well. Events: Grand River Amazing Race, Carnival Midway, Silent Auction, Live Entertainment, Camping, Food, and FUN Casino. Come out for the day or call Deb at 519-669-2129 to reserve a camp site for the entire weekend. Limited sites available so call today!

We are looking for volunteers. If you would like to help us with this fun event, please signup on our volunteer form.





Organizers are leveraging the success of the first year to maximize funds raised

Organizers for the 2012 Grand River Amazing Race anticipate over $50,000 will be raised to support Women’s Crisis Services. This year’s goal more than doubles last year’s hugely successful race which brought in over $22,000 for the local charity.

“The race really caught on this year,” says Family Fund Weekend Committee Chairperson Bill McBay. “It’s a unique approach to fundraising and people are pumped to participate in support of such a worthwhile organization.”

Race designers Leanne Husk and Siobhan Furst say this year’s participants will be “blown away” by what’s in store, but not to expect any details just yet. The information about the race is very confidential. The only hint they have given away is that this year’s race will be a montage of Amazing Race meets Survivor with a hint of other popular reality shows mixed in.

The Grand River Amazing Race takes place Saturday July 21 and is part of an event called the Family Fun Weekend held in West Montrose July 20 and 21, 2012. Since its inception 12 years ago, the Family Fun Weekend has raised over $100,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of KW and Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.

The Family Fun Weekend had its best year ever in 2011 with the addition of The Grand River Amazing Race. Held during the hottest spells in recent history, the weekend was filled with everything from outdoor movies, midway, carnival games and live entertainment on an outdoor stage. Families come to share the day or the entire weekend with funds raised going to Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, Woolwich Community Services and Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries.

“Each year we try to tweak our event to ensure we continue to grow the number of families that get to enjoy it with us,” says McBay. “There is certainly something for everyone.”

As the kids play, parents can check out the over 100 items in the silent auction or spin the crown and anchor wheel while enjoying some tasty BBQ food. Families can come for the day or the entire weekend and camp alongside the Grand River and historic Covered Bridge.

“There is no better way to spend a weekend than in the company of family and friends. The fact that we’re supporting an amazing charity in the process just makes it that much more worthwhile,” says McBay.

For more information or an interview, please contact:
Bill McBay, Committee Chairperson

T: 519-589-2583

2012 Amazing Race

Start thinking about who will be on YOUR team. Registration starts soon and space is limited. Visit for more details. July 21, 2012.
Watch these videos to learn more about the Grand River Amazing Race!!

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