Portaging for a Mission in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Manitoba Council, Winnipeg, Manitoba
By Emily Gartner
Good Turn Week is getting closer and closer, and in friendly Winnipeg, Manitoba, we will be Portaging for a Mission. This project has Scouting members, along with other members of the community, collecting donations for a local homeless shelter called Siloam Mission. The donations are gathered throughout Good Turn Week and can come in the form of money, clothing, toiletries, and other supplies. Then, on May 1st, participants are invited to gather at 300 Princess Street, where we will pack all the donations into canoes, which will then be portaged down the street, with everyone parading along right up to the front door of Siloam Mission.
Operating since 1987, Siloam Mission has played a valuable role in Winnipeg for over thirty years, caring for the less fortunate by providing food, shelter, other basic necessities, work and educational programs, and volunteering opportunities. Thus, with providing so many important programs and services, Siloam Mission is constantly in need of support and donations year round. This is why it makes so much sense for the city’s scouts to be focusing on it for Good Turn Week. Plus, portaging is always a great bit of Scouting fun.
Although our main focus of Good Turn Week will be this fabulous project, our Scouting members will not be ending their participation there; the whole week will be filled with good deeds from Scouting groups all over Manitoba. Be it filling two canoes with donations of clothes, food, and other things for a homeless shelter, or helping an elderly neighbour unload some groceries, to cleaning up a park or sweeping off someone’s walk. Any and all good turns count and deserve notation.
If you can’t make it to Portaging for a Mission you can still participate in Good Turn Week: visit us online at Scouts.ca/goodturn, check us out on Facebook. Even better, perform a Good Turn yourself, then tweet your good turn to @scoutscanada, #GoodTurn.
In closing, Mother Teresa once said that, if you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. All good deeds count in making the world a better place, and you can start doing good turns for others now during Good Turn Week. After all, it starts with Scouts.
Great things happen in communities across Canada when our members put their hearts and minds behind Good Turn Week. It starts with Scouts.