Glenora Farm is a life-sharing community where adults with developmental disabilities live, work, and play with co-workers for the benefit of all.
Operated by the Ita Wegman Association, Glenora Farm is one of two International Camphill movement communities in Western Canada.
“We are part of a worldwide association of schools, training colleges and adult villages where people with developmental disabilities live, learn and work together with their caregivers sharing a culturally rich and productive environment,” explained Glenora Farm spokesperson Olivia Jackson.
Jackson said that on Sunday, May 1, the group participated in a “Walk for Camphill”, a five-kilometre walk to raise funds for The Camphill Foundation’s regional grants program.
They left the care home at 10:30 a.m. and walked to The Glenora Store & Café where they stopped for a water and ice cream break. What’s more, those in the area were delighted to be treated to a performance by the Glenora Farm’s hand bell choir at noon.
“The Glenora Farm bell choir [was] very excited to be performing for the public again after two years off due to COVID-19,” Jackson said.
With their friends at the Glenora Store & Café donating 20 per cent of all scooped ice cream sales on May 1, along with other donations from individuals, the group managed to raise $1,585 for the cause through their fundraising web page alone, “and an additional $260 in cash donations the day of the event,” Jackson noted. “That brought our total to $1,845.”
There were 14 teams participating in the event in total and Glenora Farm ranked fourth in fundraising. All told, the teams collectively raised $12,904 as of lunchtime on May 4.
“The rain held off, ice cream scoops were abundant, and the walkers did a fantastic job,” Jackson said. “The bell choir sounded beautiful. It was a fantastic day.”
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