Dear Family, Friends and Colleagues,
This is my annual Habitat for Humanity fund-raising appeal which I make at Emmanuel and Southampton United Churches and send to everyone in my e-mail address book. If you’re not interested, you support other worthy causes, or you already gave at the office feel free to delete this message now. I won’t be offended! If your interest in the cause or my latest fund-raiser is piqued, please read on:
Mark, Sue, Paul & Laura’s “40K for HFH Day 2013!”
Family Tradition: Building on time a time-honored Habitat for Humanity fund-raising tradition begun by my father in 1991 and picked up by me in 1993, the time has once again rolled around to do something fun and foolish! In that inaugural year Dad walked from Columbus Ohio to Lansing Michigan. Every year since that time someone from the Havitz family has organized or participated in a fun and/or foolish event and collected pledges from friends and family. Past highlights include Dad and I walking 250 mile (400K) from Lansing Michigan to Waterloo Ontario in 1994; several 400K walks along Lake Michigan and Lake Superior later that decade; riding bikes from Waterloo to Atlanta Georgia in 1996; walking every single street in Waterloo in 1998; a “Bike Europe” tour in 1999 when I cycled a loop of southern Ontario towns like Paris, Stratford, Heidelberg, Petersburg, Tavistock, Cambridge, Berlin and (well you get the picture); and my one day 150K Bike to Bruce in 2008. In 2010 Sue and I jogged, walked and biked every street in Southampton, Ontario and in 2011 we cycled the circumference of Michigan’s Lake Leelanau. Over the past 20 years Sue’s and my combined foolish and fun events have raised approximately $114,600 (CDN) in support of Habitat’s housing ministry! This year’s goal is $4,000. Someday we’ll catch up to Dad!
This year we’re cycling a 40K route in and around Southampton, Ontario and to McGregor Provincial Park and back. We’ve charted a route that largely follows the Lake Huron shore and will pedal it with longtime friends Paul and Laura Latimer who are also longtime Habitat for Humanity fund-raisers and supporters.
Where the Money Goes (more HFH information): As many of you know, Habitat for Humanity International (founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller in Americus, Georgia) is an ecumenical nonprofit organization dedicated to providing decent affordable housing for low income families who work in partnership with Habitat volunteers to build each house. Houses are sold to partner families at no profit, with no-interest mortgages usually paid over 20 to 25 years. Habitat’s ambitious goal is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Over 600,000 Habitat homes have been built and restored world-wide! Habitat is now dedicating a new house somewhere in the world about every 10 minutes and over 3 million people live in Habitat homes!
Local Habitat affiliates usually operate relatively autonomously, building and renovating homes one-at-a-time in their communities. However, major international gatherings such as the Jimmy Carter Work Camps are also held each year during which multiple homes are constructed simultaneously. Pledges from my fund-raiser can be designated to either HFH Waterloo Region or HFH Grey Bruce. HFH Waterloo Region will complete its 100th house in 2013 while building on phase three of our Howe Street project in Kitchener. HFH Grey Bruce has completed some 30 homes, most recently in Owen Sound and Hanover. I will designate your pledge, per your preference, to either HFH Grey Bruce or to HFH Waterloo Region. If no location is stipulated, I will designate your pledge to the Waterloo affiliate.
Please let me know if you would like to make a pledge. As a point of reference, last year people gave between $10 and $600 to this effort, with the average pledge being about $50. If interested, drop me a note sometime in the next month.
How to Contribute: Send me an e-mail or note as soon as possible upon receiving this message, then send your payment sometime before October 31, 2013 (or thereabouts). Cheques can be made payable to “Habitat for Humanity” and given to me personally or mailed.
(Please contact the the Church for address information.)
Thanks so much for your continued support!
Mark E. Havitz