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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
Couple’s 50th anniversary inspires fundraising CD
EMC News - For 50 years Jack and Phyllis Code of Montague Township have celebrated their love by giving to others. So it made perfect sense to do this once more when their son produced a song in celebration of their golden anniversary. On Sept. 15 their son and musician Chris performed his anniversary song ‘50 Years Ago’ at their anniversary party “and his mother cried,” remarked Phyllis. The positive emotional gift the song gave to Chris’ parents wasn’t enough for this local couple, so they decided to make copies of the country song and sell them to benefit an organization helping widows and the aged earn income in Cuentepec, Mexico. “In Mexico when you are a widow you have no income,” explained Jack. The non-profit organization has an office location and sewing machines where they welcome widows to come in and make products they can then sell for money. Phyllis explains often grandparents are left to raise grandchildren due to unfortunate circumstances, but are still not given any monetary support. The family became aware of this need when a member of their church (Katie Rogers) visited Mexico and realized the desperate need that existed. Since then the church has held monthly breakfasts and other fundraisers to support the organization in Mexico. The Codes are pleased their anniversary gift from their son will be able to support Mexican widows in need. “It’s something we’ll always treasure and think of how it will benefit others,” Phyllis said. The track is available on CD for $4 or as a MP3 for $2 at the following locations: Pete’s Computers (Victoria Ave), Salvation Army Thrift Store (Chambers Street) and Dawn’s Closet (Davidson’s Courtyard). The song’s theme speaks to the Codes’ dedication to helping their community and the positive impact that value has had on their children and grandchildren. For the last 27 years Phyllis has volunteered to organize a visually impaired support group. The inspiration for this endeavour came from
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Chris Code (centre) celebrated his parents’ giving nature and 50th anniversary by creating a song just for the occasion. With the support of his parents (Phyla very personal place, as Phyllis explains. “At one time I was visually handicapped. I lost my eyesight for five years,” she said. “I understand the frustration and anger they’re going through.” The group, which has now become an extension of her family, meets monthly to talk challenges out and share stories. “They don’t get sympathy from me, they get encouragement to do things,” she said. This is the second song Chris has written for his parents. Ten years ago the area resident crafted a song about his parents raising their children in honour of their 40th anniversary. This track was then sold to support AIDS orphans in India. However, ‘50 Years Ago’ was a more challenging creative pursuit thanks to writer’s block. Chris said it was just a month ago when he decided to pick up his guitar again and try to write the song. Once he realized the theme of
giving back Chris was able to put pen to paper and finish it in three days. “It just kind of reflects on the legacy of their marriage,” Chris added of the lessons his parents imparted. “You’re only as good as what you invest in someone else.” Thanks to a friend at Black Spark Productions and the understanding of his wife Christine, Chris was able to record
lis and Jack) the trio is selling copies of the country song for $4 in support of a non-profit organization in Mexico.
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aged his desire to create musically and welcomed the many bands Chris would play in during his childhood into their basement for practice. Today, Chris plays with the Pentecostal band and participates in the multi-church band challenge where members are brought together for a one-to-two hour practice before playing for the first time. “It’s a lot of fun,” he said.
the CD in four days to make his parents’ Sept. 15 anniversary party deadline. He was backed up by musicians: Aaron MacDonald (drums) and Peter Goderre (lead guitar). A self professed blues/ rock musician, Chris writes country in recognition of his parents’ musical tastes. Chris has been strumming a guitar since he was old enough to carry one. His parents encour-
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Seeing is believing at United Way agency tour the support of a big and case worker has been invaluable to her entire family in providing ongoing support through life’s ups and downs. “If it wasn’t for everybody that does support I’m the one who suffers really,” Findley added. “My children are very grateful.” Over the last five years the number of children BBBS has served through their various mentorship programs has gone from under 50 to over 300 with no signs of it slowing down. “It looks like we’ll serve 250 this fall alone,” Miller reported to tour participants. The United Way funding accounts for six per cent of BBBS’ overall budget and has been a staple in their financial planning for over 20 years now. This service touches almost all of the schools in
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EMC News - In preparation for this year’s United Way campaign launch, agency staff hit the road in hopes of bringing the good work of member agencies out into the light of day. The United Way of Lanark County (UWLC) hosted its first agency tour in Perth and Smiths Falls Thursday, Sept. 13 where approximately eight individuals hopped on the bus to learn more about the member agencies and their impact on local communities. “Seeing is believing,” remarked Fraser Scantlebury, fund developer for UWLC. Last week’s tour of the same name took in the Youth Action Kommittee in Perth, the Adult Learning and Training Centre in Smiths Falls and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County (BBBS) that is headquartered in Smiths Falls. Cindy Halcrow, clerk/ administrator at Drummond/ North Elmsley was one of the tour attendees Sept. 13 and represented the township’s long-standing support of United Way. “I really believe in helping your community,” Halcrow said. Municipal staff in Drummond/North-Elmsley recently increased their annual donations to the United Way last year through a holiday fundraising drive and regular pay cheque giving. “They’ve been a big supporter,” Scantlebury said. Sarah Bridson, executive director of the United Way was very pleased with the success of the tour and its ability to see the real need of the agencies they serve. “It was such an eye opening experience and re-affirmed for donors why they gave to United Way,” Bridson said. Participants were treated for lunch at YAK where Perth youth stopped by to talk about the importance of the centre in their lives and what they would be doing were it not for YAK. “It was a very moving and
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Participants during the Sept. 13 United Way member agency tour in Perth and Smiths Falls arrived at their first stop at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County on William Street in Smiths Falls. The tours, which will take place in Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills next spring, aim to show donors what is done with the funds they provide each year.
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agencies it supports. Jennifer Miller, executive director of BBBS explained the small cut in their United Way funding this year meant a gap in their budget and a hit to the hours of trained case workers. “Knowing that this (United Way funding) is coming is the only piece we can count on in our $350, 000 budget,” Miller added. “It makes it really hard for us to tell those children that we’ll be here for you next year.” Carol Findley, a single mother of four boys spoke to the importance of BBBS’ presence in her sons’ lives in terms of providing encouragement and a positive male role model to emulate. She added,
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