Most Sunday mornings at our house are spent enjoying bacon and eggs for breakfast and then taking time to read the Record News. Not on our phones, lap top, tablet or home PC but the actual paper copy. Yes I’m from the generation that enjoys unfolding the news paper to discover what headline made the front page, what houses are for sale and all the other interesting articles that are hidden inside, and I have a real appreciation for the number of times I see the Wills Transfer Limited logo smartly displayed as a sponsor, a donator and supporter of numerous events in and around our community.
So for this post, I wanted to share one of those articles (in case you missed it) and the ironic thing about this article is I had to go on-line to copy it because I couldn’t make the actual paper copy of the Record News visible for all of you to read!
Certificates of appreciation were presented July 3, 2019 to Andress’ Your Independent Grocer, Canadian Tire, Wills Transfer and Campbell’s Trucking for their donations to Smiths Falls Paddlefest for the purchase of a covered trailer. Jim Evoy, Craig Lattanville (Canadian Tire); Peter Au Rideau Roundtable; Wanita and Dan Andress (Andress’ Your Independent Grocer), Brian Yanosik (Wills Transfer). Missing from picture is representative from Campbell’s Trucking. – Mallory Day/Torstar
A major donation from community businesses throughout Smiths Falls made it possible for Rideau Paddlefest to have a covered trailer for equipment storage and transportation.
Certificates of appreciation were presented to donors on Wednesday, July 3 at Canadian Tire in town.
Peter Au, president of Rideau Roundtable, the organization to host Paddlefest every year, said the first three donors were Andress’ Your Independent Grocer, Campbell’s Trucking and Wills Transfer.
“They responded in our first appeal for this new idea,” said Au. “I also approached Canadian Tire and then had a meeting with the (owner) Craig Lattanville, and (he) said ‘OK, now you have $1,500, I’ll be the major sponsor,’ and they sponsored the whole thing.”
Au said the idea for the trailer came from his last co-chair, Pat Gravaline.
“He actually used his own trailer to store stuff but then he had to move away so that is why we needed one,” said Au. “Also looking into the future if you want to make things mobile, it would be good to have things all in one place.”
But the trailer isn’t just going to be used for Paddlefest, Au said as Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program will able to use it as well.
Jumpstart encourages kids to be active and so on and our hope would be to get more kids in the canoeing program.