We have a very special partner to thank and recognize:
Hope for Haiti (St. Mary’s, Ontario)
We can’t say enough good things about our long-time friends and partners from Hope for Haiti. Since 1995 they have poured their love, energy, and resources into supporting many different projects in construction, education, and health care in Haiti, Africa, South America, and right here in Canada. Founding member Murray Mitchell’s work stretches even farther back in time to 1986.
Most recently Hope for Haiti has supported the building of the new classrooms at Pinson School, Haiti, and continues to support operating expenses there. The Pinson School now accommodates over 250 children from kindergarten to Grade 9.
Thank you, Hope for Haiti! Murray, we wish you a very happy “retirement”!
Would you believe that Murray has participated in over 40 project trips around the world? Please enjoy this history of Murray and Hope for Haiti’s trips since 1986.
We’ve also created a special thank you video, that highlights Hope for Haiti’s contributions to the Pinson School.
A bit of information about our current community partners:
Refined Fool Brewing Co.
A HUGE shout out to the awesome people @ the Refined Fool in Sarnia. They are the main sponsor for our upcoming Trail & Ale event. In 2020 they also hosted our annual celebration event for International Women’s Day in partnership with Rayjon and Women’s March Sarnia-Lambton. Don’t miss the photos! We celebrate the achievements of female changemakers locally and globally.
Giresi’s Pizza Factory
In addition to serving up the best pizza in town, Giresi’s have been dedicated supporters of Rayjon for many, many years. Most recently they sponsored the Mitch Albom event at Sarnia Imperial Theatre (proceeds to Rayjon). We can’t count the number of Rayjon events where they have gifted delicious pizzas to participants. Sam & Joanna hosted a wine tasting fundraiser, and one of our very favourite trip leaders is a Giresi!
Next time you’re ordering a pie, please let them know you’re glad they support Rayjon!
Grace United Church
Grace United supports us in so many ways. Many Rayjon meetings are held using Grace space, many congregation members are Rayjon volunteers and trip participants. And Grace’s Outreach Committee hosted yet another soup luncheon in January, just after the 10th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, with $2,265 in proceeds to Rayjon. Thank you, Grace United Church!
Sacred Heart Church
We can’t say thank you enough to our long-time friends and partners at Sacred Heart Parish. Rayjon holds many meetings at SHC throughout the year. Their Mission Committee continues to support education and nutrition programs in Haiti and the Dominican Republic with extraordinary generosity. They donated $10,000 in relief following Hurricane Matthew relief. Many thanks!
New England Arbors, Sarnia
The wonderful people at New England Arbors named Rayjon a beneficiary of their annual charity garage sale in 2019. We had a lot of fun helping out at the sale and are very grateful for the generous donation. Special thanks to our friend Melissa!
Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada
Many thanks to the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada for their generous support in 2019. A grant of $3,000 was received towards our Momma Does/Mamá Hace project in the Dominican Republic.
With this support we have been able to empower women with skills & knowledge needed to develop self-sufficiency. View a video about the women involved in the project, and their wonderful outcomes here!
Thank you, WICC!
After-Hours Rotary Club of Sarnia, Area 5 Rotary Clubs & Rotary International
Hosted by the After Hours Rotary Club of Sarnia, supported by all Area 5 clubs and Rotary International (and in partnership with the Rotary Club of St. Marc, Haiti), this grant is a tremendous boost to the rural, mountainous community of Pinson, Haiti. The “Rural Education Project” grant has allowed for the first two levels of secondary school (grade 7 and 8) to be added to the elementary school (serving approximately 250 children). In addition, the project will provide agricultural training, supplies, seeds and will support the creation of community gardens… Students, teachers and parents will all learn sustainable gardening techniques. The goal is to improve food security in the long-term, feeding families and reducing the number of children suffering from poor attention due to hunger. The project has also provided capacity building training for teachers and parent leaders. Thank you, Rotary!
Sarnia Community Foundation
Rayjon is thrilled to have opened an endowment fund in 2019 through the Sarnia Community Foundation, allowing us to plan for sustainability and giving our donors another way to support Rayjon. Previously, we were also awarded a grant in the amount of $2,500 from Sarnia Community Foundation which was used for our “Social Justice in Community Schools” project. This local project built awareness, fostered empathy and compassion, and encouraged local youth to get involved in social justice efforts. The grant also allowed us to team up young social activists from Lakeroad Public School in support of their “Footprints Project.” Thank you SCF!
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Every year DeGroot’s Nurseries have supported Rayjon with an annual 3 day plant sale, usually the last weekend in May or first weekend in June. Proceeds support Rayjon projects in Haiti & the Dominican Republic.
Fundraising is an ongoing, important part of what we do – & need to do. But we can never, ever do it without such a wonderful support system. That includes all volunteers, all Rayjon supporters & of course John DeGroot, Lynn England & Diane Visser @ DeGroot’s Nurseries.
Women Helping Women
Women Helping Women brings together Canadian women who share the same passion and connection for wanting to help women and girls get an education, become self sustaining and receive life-saving women’s healthcare. When we help women, they help their family and their community thrive. At their semi-annual gatherings women support charities empowering women and girls around the world. Rayjon has been a grateful recipient of that support.
United Way – Donor Choice Program
Each year a number of donors specify Rayjon as part of United Way Donor Choice Programs. We’d like to acknowledge the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton, and also the United Way of Calgary, United Way/Centraide Ottawa, United Way of Peel, and the United Way of Greater Toronto for their assistance and support.
A big shout of thanks to our friends at Norwex, who awarded a $2,750 grant to Rayjon. Thank you to Sales Leader Independant Norwex consultant and long-time Rayjon supporter Cathy D’Angela for making the nomination! (Shown here are Cathy, Rayjon’s Executive Director Heather Smith, and Norwex Vice President of Sales Tracy Stewart)
Aamjiwnaang First Nation
When Sally, Maggie and Robin were preparing to head to Haiti as part of the March Break Awareness Trip, they organized a special fundraising dinner (with stuffed chicken, yum!) at the Maawn Doosh Gumig Community Centre. We are grateful to Aamjiwnaang First Nation for their partnership!
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus have assisted in many ways over the years. Following Hurricane Matthew they organized a breakfast benefit for Rayjon. In March 2020, St. Michael’s Knights of Columbus Council #10102 hosted a special information evening with Sarnia’s Dr. Glen Maddison, who shared about Conscience Rights and End of Life Care. Donations at the door were met with additional generosity from the Knights present Rayjon with a cheque for $1,000. THANK YOU!