Get ready to rip old documents at Shred Fest

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Many of us have used some of the extra time we’ve had over the past couple of years to do some home cleaning but are now left wondering what to do with those stacks of old documents we no longer need.

Don’t worry, because Patrick LeBlanc and the St. Boniface St. Vital Rotary Club have you covered with the Rotary/Teen Stop Jeunesse Shred Fest. Taking place Sat., Sept. 25 in the parking lot at St. Vital Centre between the transit loop and CIBC on Meadowood Drive, the event gives everyone an opportunity to safely and securely dispose of personal and business documents in an environmentally friendly way.

The suggested donation is $10 per banker’s box and they request you remove Shannon Files and bull clips which can damage machinery. The hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Photo by Tony Zerucha The St. Boniface St. Vital Rotary Club is holding a document/record shredding event on Sept. 25 at St. Vital Centre, said spokesman Patrick LeBlanc (above).

LeBlanc, who has served with the Rotary Club for 20 years, is also the executive director of Teen Stop Jeunesse. He said the Rotary Club has always been there for the charity which operates programs and a drop-in centre for people ages eight to 18.

“The Rotary Club has supported our organization at a lot of different levels,” LeBlanc said. “They’ve always been with us. They support the leadership program we do here and the scholarships we provide.”

Those scholarships, which are given to participants in area high schools and adult education programs, have produced many special memories over the years, LeBlanc said. They go to people who need them the most, whether it be those who have recently arrived in Canada or parents on social assistance trying to better themselves and support their families.

The recipients are usually presented with the scholarships at ceremonies, but those have been cancelled for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That has forced organizers to become more creative and look for ways to have people drop in for other reasons before giving them the big surprise.

“The recipients are never aware they are getting a scholarship,” LeBlanc said. “The reactions on their faces are ones of such gratitude. The tears flow quite dramatically.”

Over the years the Rotary Club has supported a long list of great causes. Members have helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity, helped at Manitoba Harvest, canvassed with the Salvation Army, served Christmas dinners at seniors homes and volunteered at the Manitoba Marathon. They have funded many school and community leadership programs and such international efforts as eye surgeries in Mexico, polio vaccination programs and learning centres in Africa.

These activities are normally funded with monies generated from the many events the Rotary Club holds, but those have not been held during the pandemic, LeBlanc said. The causes were too important to stop supporting, so the Rotary Club membership dug into their own pockets and contributed an additional $13,000.

“That’s over and above the membership fees,” LeBlanc said. “The average was $450 per person.”

Tony Zerucha

Tony Zerucha
East Kildonan community correspondent

Tony Zerucha is a community correspondent for East Kildonan. Email him at tzerucha@gmail.com

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