Community Donations 14 May 2020

Today, Wayne Thompson and I distributed six $500 donations to the Men’s Mission, Rotholme Family Shelter, London Food Bank, London Abused Women’s Shelter, Regional HIV/Aids Connection, and the Unity Project for Homelessness. CPRI will also be receiving a $500 donation. All the donations were from our Nevada Fund.

Branch 533 Byron-Springbank CLOSED until at least 3 June

As of 12 May the Province of Ontario has extended the Emergency Order to 2 June 2020. This means that the earliest Byron-Springbank Legion could re-open, would be around 3 June 2020. The Branch Executive has confirmed that Legion will comply with any Provincial or Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) directives issued over the next four weeks. This could mean that the closure could be extended even more. Again please stay safe and healthy by following all of MLHU’s recommendations.

Branch 533 Byron-Springbank, will be closed until at least 3 June2020. This will effect the following events.

Please stay safe, keep up the physical distancing, keep checking on friends, family, neighbours and other Branch members. Hopefully we will see you all soon.

2019 Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign

The Royal Canadian Poppy Campaign for 2019 is over and again is very successful. Through the generosity donations of residents and businesses of London West, Branch 533, Byron-Springbank Legion was able to collect just under $43,000 for our Poppy Fund. These donations stay in our community. As an example, at our General Meeting, on 27 Nov, the Branch presented a cheque for $23,800 to Sue Hardy of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, Veteran’s Care. These funds will go to purchasing a Bed Power Lift and 7 ergonomic mattresses for Veterans living in Parkwood Hospital.

Michael Beatty (Branch Poppy Chair), Sue Hardy (STJHC Foundation), John Morris (Branch President)

The Poppy Campaign is only as successful as the Branch’s Volunteers that distribute Poppy Boxes to the businesses in west London and who man the Poppy Tables at Costco and Cherryhill Mall. Also, 27 City of London Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron provided help to assemble the 800 Poppy Boxes. At or November General Meeting, we also showed our appreciation to two young volunteers who put in a lot of work for the Campaign.

Tyler Brooks helped his Grandmother Marilyn to man four Poppy table shifts at Costco and CherryHilll.

James Beatty, over three Poppy campaigns, has volunteered almost 100 hours, assisting his Dad, Michael Beatty (Branch Poppy Chair) to assemble Poppy Boxes, open boxes, count money, recycle boxes, and deposit donations.

Both Tyler and James were presented Certificates of Appreciation for all the work they have put in to help our Veterans.

To show our appreciation to the Branch Poppy Chair, our Branch President, John Morris, presented Michael Beatty with his Legion Poppy Chair Medal.

Once again our Veterans and the Byron-Springbank Legion, Branch 533, would like to thank the residents and businesses of west London for their generosity and support.