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Posted May 1, 2012

Growth in Demand

Demand for subsidy puts pressure on fundraiser

Waterloo Region – Local seniors and adults with disabilities need more help now than ever before to pay for community support services to help them stay in their own homes. Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More experienced a 48.6% increase in the amount they covered for meal subsidies for their clients this year over last.

“Some of our clients are having trouble covering the cost of a nutritious meal. For those who are already living on a bare-bones budget, those extra few dollars can mean the difference between eating or going without,” says Dale Howatt, Executive Director of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More.

One of the ways that CSC raises funds for their meal subsidy program is their annual Drive to Deliver Golf Tournament. Traditionally the tournament has been able to raise the majority of the money the organization needs to cover their meal subsidies, but will need to raise twice as much this year in order to cover the increased demand.

“We have some exceptionally generous members of our community who help make the event a huge success every year, and our golf committee is working hard to bring in new sponsors and golfers. As a community we need to ensure that these vulnerable members of our community don’t have to go without.”

On average, every $2.30 raised equals one subsidized meal, though subsidy rates vary depending on the client’s financial situation.

Foursomes are still available for the tournament which takes place on Tuesday May 8th at Rebel Creek Golf Club. Registration per golfer is $175 or $700 for a foursome and includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, cart, dinner, golfer gifts and silent auction items including a trip for two to anywhere WestJet flies and a diamond necklace from Raffi Jewellers valued at $2,200. For more information visit:

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