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Coping Without a Christmas Carol

The London Home Builders’ Association raised a sizable $4,215 for Unity Project with their 25th Annual Parade of Renovations. The Parade gave ticketholders the opportunity to tour home renovation sites across the city and to speak firsthand with the renovators themselves.

Unity Project thanks the LHBA, the renovators, the public and all those kind-hearted homeowners who made their homes ours for a day and are helping us fill the $30,000 gap!

 

By Chris Montanini

Twitter: @LondonerChris

A Christmas tradition that has brought in about $30,000 per year for the Unity Project can’t continue without Orchestra London, leaving the emergency shelter and transitional housing project on Dundas Street without its signature December fundraiser.

“The loss of that institution left a deep hole in our hearts and a $30,000 hole in our budget,” said Silvia Langer, the Unity Project’s development director. “We hope to mount another show next year perhaps with the We Play On Musicians or even a revived Orchestra London. But here in the moment, we lack those revenues and must take a different approach to ensuring residents’ needs are met.”

For the past six years, Orchestra London has helped the Unity Project organize a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Last year’s event, which was a pay-what-you-can ticket and also happened to be Orchestra London’s last show, attracted about 1,000 people. A number of local law firms were also involved and each year nominated a prominent London lawyer to narrate the classic Dickens tale.

The event is normally the third and final major fundraiser of the year for the Unity Project. Not only a loss financially, “it’s a huge loss to us … in terms of our connection to the community,” Langer said.

“It brought people from all over the city, from all different walks of life … because it was a pay-what-you-can event at the door and because it was Orchestra London as well. We’re hoping that we’ll revive it or something similar in 2016 but it was too much of a blow with the timing to be able to put something together for this 2015 season. An event like that is an enormous undertaking.”

Instead, the Unity Project will encourage Londoners to participate in a couple other fundraisers this holiday season.

Giving Tuesday takes place on December 1 this year and the Unity Project will again encourage Londoners to donate during in the event, which is meant to inspire generosity following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

On Dec. 20, local musician Ross Mortimer will lead a concert called Carols by Candlelight at the Wolf Performance Hall and donate proceeds to the Unity Project. Langer said tickets will be available through the Unity Project’s website, where Londoners can also make donations through a link to canadahelps.org.

Parade of Renovations benefits Unity Project for second straight year

As the Unity Project begins to cope without A Christmas Carol, the London Home Builders’ Association will help install much needed flooring at the charity’s Dundas Street home following their 25th Annual Parade of Renovations event.

The Parade of Renovations is an event LHBA holds every year that allows them to showcase to the public recently made over homes by their RenoMark renovators while raising money for a good cause at the same time. This year, the event brought in $4,215 for the Unity Project, which has been the charity of choice for the past two years.

“We use our floors hard; there’s 50-100 people a day walking on them 24/7 and so there’s almost no time for maintenance,” Langer said. “The floors get mopped five or six times a day so they deteriorate faster than they would in a normal home. And finding the right floor has always been a trial, but new products that we’re going to be putting in are going to hold out a lot more hope and will make it a lot more homey feeling rather than the institution feeling the floors currently have.”

Over 400 people participated in the Parade of Renovations this year at nine different homes renovated by Covenant Construction, Duo Building Ltd., CCR Building and Remodeling Inc., Coleman-Dias 3 Construction Inc and Millennium Construction and Design Inc.

Langer added that the plan is to install the new floors before snowfall hits London this winter.

Source: The Londoner

 

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