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Bend down, help someone up

Bison athletes have hearts in the right place come Christmas time

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An old saying has it that "a good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help another up."

These are words to live by for athletes from the University of Manitoba Bisons sports programs. During the last five days, over 80 athletes from the nine programs volunteered at Siloam Mission preparing food, serving patrons and spreading holiday cheer.

It was the seventh straight year that Bisons student athletes have volunteered at Siloam Mission during the holiday season. How did they fit this in between training for their teams, working their part-time jobs and studying for exams?

"I got up early and went there in the morning, my exam wasn't until after lunch," said Chantal DeSpiegelaere, a member of the Bisons women's hockey team who is in her third year as student co-ordinator of the Bisons volunteers.

"For all of us, coming to Siloam is an eye-opener. You don't quite realize there's a lot of people around us that don't have the opportunities we have. It humbles you and reminds you that we are so fortunate to have what we have and how special it is that we get to do what we do every day."

DeSpiegelaere said helping out at Siloam is just one of the many volunteer community initiatives Bisons athletes participate in.

"Our community supports us so much, this is a way of helping others and we all get a lot out of it," she said. "And not just Siloam needs help. There are a lot of other things that need help, so do anything you can do."

DeSpiegelaere said she is in awe of the fighting spirits in the people she has met at Siloam.

"Last year, we (Bisons women's hockey) were having a pretty good season and this one man we talked to, he knew what was happening in our games, how we were doing, our schedule, the standings, I was just taken aback," DeSpiegelaere said. "He was fighting every day for survival and yet he was interested in how we were doing in hockey. I was so proud to be part of something that he could have to take his mind off his troubles, even for a minute."

Mike Duerksen, the Siloam Mission communications coordinator, said Siloam is grateful to have the Bisons on board.

"Especially around Christmas time, a lot of people who use our services may not have good memories from Christmas or they have a lot of Christmases that they wish they could just forget," he said. "Part of what we try to do around Christmas is create new memories, create a sense of community and sense of home in this place and part of that is our volunteers who come in."

He said seeing young people volunteering at Siloam means a lot to the patrons.

"It shows them that there are young people out there that care," Duerksen said. "The way we see it, young people like the Bisons students who are volunteering here are the future of the city and the future is in good hands."

The Free Press sports department is inviting you to share what you can in support of the Christmas Cheer Board, and we'll work altogether to bring hampers to needy families at this special time of year.

The Cheer Board needs to raise $840,000 to break even this year. Last year, with your help, our Spirit of Christmas campaign was able to contribute $149,432 to The Christmas Cheer Board. We really need your help again. Please join us and send your donations to The Spirit of Christmas, c/o Winnipeg Free Press, 1355 Mountain Ave., Winnipeg, R2X 3B6.

 

We thank all of our generous contributors so far:

Larry & Llowyin Weselake $60.00

Marianne & Thomas McClusky $50.00

James & Doris Thunder $100.00

Fred & Lorna Buckmaster $300.00

Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Cobb $55.00

Robert & Arlene Egerton $100.00

St. Anne Council #10551 $200.00

V. F. McKenzie $100.00

Mr. & Mrs. J. Wayne LeBlanc $50.00

Lorna Steeds $50.00

K. D. Power /G. R. Arbez $250.00

In Memory of Wayne Hallonquist $50.00

Khartum Temple Arabian Horse Guard $150.00

Newsroom Book & DVD Sales $2,204.25

Patrick & Clarice Matthews $150.00

P. J. & Brenda Joyce Clarke $250.00

Thomas & Lorraine Prescott $25.00

In Memory of Ann & Pete Lysy, $150.00

Louise & Clarles Allard

Burnett Konsmo $20.00

Michael Stones $30.00

Keith & Olga McNamee $50.00

In Memory of Gordon & Kay Nordgren, $300.00

Orville & Flo McLennan &

Allan & Bea McLennan

Betty L. Nesbitt $50.00

In Memory of Albert Gessner $50.00

In Memory of Gordon & Inez Davidson $50.00

Vincent Petrachek $50.00

G. C. Oliver $100.00

In Memory of Mae & Verne Graham $25.00

In Memory of Ron Clubine, Connie & John Clubine, Peggy & Arnold Geith $500.00

In Memory of Susan & Neil Dyck, $500.00

Dan Middleton, Marge Smith & Garth Burns

In Memory of Leif Thomas McLure $100.00

In Memory of Adam & Gary Ruff $20.00

In Memory of Adam & Gary Ruff $20.00

Brian & Gaylene Chesnut $100.00

Kelly & Kelvin Einarson $50.00

Margaret Ehn $150.00

Brian & Sandra Elwood $35.00

Lorraine Anderson $25.00

In Memory of Lil Stevens $30.00

Lloyd & Moira Frankenberger $150.00

Sam & Eiko Katayama $125.00

Gordon & Geraldine Moodie $100.00

Barbara Latocki $50.00

Griffin & Jordy $30.00

R. Goldman $25.00

Doreen Helgason $25.00

Rene & Lise Dupuis $150.00

In Memory of Bernice Tough $125.00

Marilyn Bruce $100.00

In Memory of Doug McRorie $50.00

In Memory of Gil Savoie $25.00

Mr. & Mrs. E. C. Ferguson $50.00

In Memory of Mae Newton $50.00

In Memory of Grant Anderson $25.00

In Memory of Marilyn & Bob Forcand $100.00

Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League Inc. $200.00

Jerry's Concrete Works Ltd. $1,000.00

In Memory of Cyril & Mary MacMartin $25.00

In Memory of Dennis Wilson & Pat Langen $100.00

In Memory of Blake Batchelor $100.00

Ray & Margaret $50.00

Norman & Nora Harvey $100.00

Leverne & Nancy Taylor $25.00

In Memory of Jay Stuart Bates $25.00

In Memory of Wayne McDonald $50.00

Pembina Oldtimers Curling Club $410.00

Iris Sawiak $50.00

In Memory of Cecil & Lena Greenlay $100.00

Mr. & Mrs. M. L. Chuback $500.00

Mabel S. Smith $100.00

Barry Veals $100.00

Ladies of Rossmere 60 Plus $50.00

Handicraft Group

Mr. & Mrs. John Lewis $50.00

Margaret Bowman $100.00

J. Laurie Johnston $100.00

Margaret Goodman $100.00

Barbara Jones $100.00

Pellaers Ventilation $1,000.00

Patricia Chapter # 8 Order of the Eastern Star $100.00

Roy & Nancy Vincent $100.00

David Olsen $100.00

Frank & Doreen Scherer $50.00

P. & R. Savard $200.00

Joyce & Raymond Cumming $150.00

Deer Lodge Curling Club $50.00

Past Presidents' Assoc. of Manitoba Curling Clubs $50.00

Hopkinson Agencies (1982) Ltd. $100.00

Jack Coulter $100.00

Gisele & John Walker $100.00

Mervin & Betty Moknowed $200.00

In Memory of Bob & Rob $50.00

In Memory of Joan Sutherland $20.00

M. Doreen Derrett $50.00

Emile & Lorraine Lambert $50.00

Lorraine Lambert $50.00

Anny & Hugo Veldhuis $100.00

In Memory of R. Perrault $20.00

B. Corbett $50.00

Samuel Bernhardt $50.00

In Memory of Jim Bone $50.00

In Memory of Charlie (Chuck) Gardiner $50.00

Gwen E. Hodgson $200.00

M. Hurl $25.00

Donna Earl $50.00

Khartum Ladies' Auxiliary $310.00

Dorothy Lardner $25.00

In Memory of Frank & Eileen Jones $25.00

In Memory of Bob & Edith Turner $25.00

Lucy Todd $200.00

Elaine & Glen Volkmar $25.00

Craig & Mary Fardoe $75.00

Fred & Dot Jensen $50.00

Alvin & Beverley Cox $100.00

In Memory of Jack & Jean McKay $50.00

In Memory of Cora Stevens $25.00

In Memory of Gertrude Stevens $25.00

In Memory of Georgina Senebald $50.00

K. D. & Patricia McColl $30.00

In Memory of Beryl Thompson $100.00

Kathryn Bernard $200.00

Doris Newall $25.00

George & Avis Barnet $50.00

M. & J. Trudeau $200.00

In Memory of Cindy & David McGimpsey $300.00

Gordon Saunders $200.00

In Memory of Garvie F. Rae $50.00

In Memory of Yvonne Robb $50.00

Colorado Estates Tenants Assn. $100.00

B & L Resources $50.00

In Memory of Fred Anderson $100.00

Cam & Maxine Brown $100.00

In Memory of John & Mary Golovitch $100.00

In Memory of Rennie & Angie Stopchyck $100.00

Ron Golovitch $100.00

Eatons Polo Park Ladies $45.00

Graham Bannatyne $200.00

For Mom & Bill $100.00

Louise & James Ilchyshyn $50.00

In Memory of Don Deacon $50.00

Marg & Ralph Milton $50.00

In Memory of Stephen Lys $50.00

In Memory of Steve, Cliff & Jean $75.00

Ed & Merle Boyd $50.00

In Memory of Lorene & Herman Magnus $100.00

E. T. English $500.00

Ernest Holodryga $20.00

R. & B. Crabbe $50.00

Bernice Heinrichs $100.00

Mr. & Mrs. R. Bryce Simes $100.00

In Memory of Maurice Lannoo $25.00

Isny Gallimore $40.00

In Memory of Clint, Vickie & Clint Bayrak $50.00

In Memory of Nell Drake $100.00

Doreen Mazur $25.00

In Memory of Walter Kamineski $50.00

Don & Carol Poulin $100.00

Grant & Sheila Woods $200.00

Peggy A. Tait $40.00

John S. Russell $100.00

Jacqueline MacLeod $50.00

In Memory of Mike O'Hara $100.00

Marie McRae $50.00

Gladys & George Delkers $400.00

In Memory of Pear Penny $50.00

Marge & Gary Campbell $100.00

Nancy Latocki $50.00

Andrea Bruneau $100.00

Elizabeth Hall $40.00

In Memory of John Holtmann $100.00

Knights of the Round Table $500.00

In Memory of George Proctor $30.00

Salisbury House Employees Donations Fund $1,000.00

The MacDonald Family $250.00

In Memory of Byron & Jessie Angus $100.00

Anonymous (six donations) $1,500.00

 

(correction on dedication from last week, included in last week's total:

in memory of Olive Barnard & Stanley Hornby $50.00)

Today's total $23,809.25

Previous total $11,338.24

Grand total $35,147.49

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 17, 2011 C4

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