Updating the Hall
78th Toronto Scout Group, Toronto, Ontario
By Natalie Chung
78th Toronto Scout Group started in 1979 at St. Sebastian’s Church in the Bloor and Dufferin Area downtown Toronto. Over the years, the Group has been looking for an opportunity to give back to their sponsor and local community who has been helping them for 35 years. They decided to submit a proposal for the Good Turn Week Community Project in 2014 and were selected out of the many project applications. Their project, ‘Updating the Hall’ looked to help their long-time sponsor with much needed renovations for their church hall. As a National Good Turn Week project, the 78th Toronto Scout Group would have up to $2000 to spend on repairs and renovations for St. Sebastian’s Church.
This project was especially important to the 78th Toronto Group because they knew the church could not come up with the funds for renovations themselves due to costly monthly expenses ($15,000). They also knew the importance of the hall to the local community as it hosts events throughout the year, including a local breakfast club. The Group themselves use the hall for bake sales, Christmas food drives, Group committee meetings as well as their annual Investiture ceremony in the hall.
For the project, ‘Updating the Hall’ the members of 78th Toronto Scout Group will use the funds and help fix up the church. When they complete the repairs, they will host a free barbeque lunch for the community as well as donate the remaining funds to the church for future repairs.
This Good Turn Week, remember that you can always do small #GoodTurns that make a big difference. Show your support for Good Turn Week in your community this year by doing a #GoodTurn for your neighbour, friend, family or environment.
Great things happen in communities across Canada when our members put their hearts and minds behind Good Turn Week. It starts with Scouts.