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Volunteers help transform L’Arche home

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Approximately 25 volunteers helped add a few new shades to a local organization on April 13.

The helpers, the bulk of whom work at Dulux Paints, spruced up the L’Arche Dayspring residence at 525 Day St., which houses intellectually-challenged people.

Peggy Hoeppner, who manages the Dulux location at 100 Regent Ave. W., said each location gets to pick a charity to help through the Adding Colour to People’s Lives initiative. She felt the L’Arche residence, which hadn’t had a paint job in over a decade, was more than worthy.

"We chose this organization because the handicapped like to have colour to keep their spirits lifted," she said.

Diane Truderung, L’Arche Winnipeg acting director of fund development and communications,  said residents were able to choose which shade was best for their own rooms.

"The members of L’Arche chose the colours," said Truderung.

"I assisted in helping them," added Hoeppner, noting nearly 15 gallons of paint went into the project.

Truderung added that in addition to supplying paint, Dulux also brought all other necessary equipment, like brushes and tape.

Truderung initially expected the project to take up the better part of the day, but volunteers were putting the finishing touches on the rooms in the early afternoon.

For more information on the Canadian portion of Dulux’s global Adding Colour to People’s Lives initiative, visit www.letscolour.ca.

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