I realized that what we do is a planned act of kindness. It's where a whole community works together to build a better world, a world where people aren't destitute, or without homes, food and shoes.
—Lynda Trono, minister at West Broadway Community Ministry
It's a fundraising night that brings roast beef, a choir and a premiere of a new composition together in downtown Winnipeg.
For the past six years, at the corner of Broadway and Furby, people have come to Young United Church for their Annual Roast Beef Dinner. It's a fundraiser to support the West Broadway Community Ministry
Rebecca Chambers, choir conductor (CBC)
Rebecca Chambers leads the junior choir at Young United Church. Even though the choir is small, the effort they put into this event is huge.
And this year, the choir commissioned Winnipeg composer Diana McIntosh
to write a work specifically for the event. It's called Something about a River
and according to McIntosh, she had just as much fun writing the piece as the kids do singing it. "The piece is playful but also evocative in spots, especially the
parts about the river itself. I enjoyed writing it immensely.The 'child'
in me has never been lost. Thank goodness!"
Volunteers Zyta Antoniewicz and Catherine Samoila preparing lunch (Lynda Trono)
This annual dinner and performance makes a big difference to the people volunteering behind the scenes. Lynda Trono is the community minister for West Broadway Community Ministry. She says the W.B.C.M. serves lunch four times a week to those in need and they see an average of 100 people/day. They offer emergency food as well as shower and laundry facilities, a telephone and a computer.
Chester Antoniewicz enjoying lunch (Lynda Trono)
Trono says the money raised makes a big difference. "It will go towards the ministry as a whole. A lot of our food is donated by volunteers. A few weeks ago when that bus driver gave away his shoes, I thought about how random acts of kindness are so wonderful. Then I realized that what we do is a planned act of kindness. It's where a whole community works together to build a better world, a world where people aren't destitute, or without homes, food and shoes. It's bigger than a random act of kindness."
When asked for an example of someone who has benefitted from the W.B.C.M., Lynda immediately recalled: "There was a family of four who had just found a place to live. They needed emergency food so they came here. Until last week they were living in a tent by the river....Right now it's expensive for people to rent and the vacancy rate is really low, so I see people spending their food money on rent."For tickets to the annual West Broadway Community Ministry Roast Beef dinner on October 20, call 783-0128. To volunteer call 779 5402.