The Kinsmen flag is flying high in downtown Wallaceburg, after a ceremony held last week.
Members of the club joined Wallaceburg Councillor Aaron Hall to hoist their flag outside of the Municipal Centre to celebrate the 100th anniversary for the Kinsmen across Canada.
“We are here to recognize and celebrate the formation of the Kinsmen in 1920 by our founder Harold Rogers in Hamilton, Ontario,” Brian Feast, president of the Wallaceburg Kinsmen, told the Sydenham Current.
“The Kinsmen, Kin and Kinettes have been an active partner with local municipalities for the 100 years. Together they have contributed over $1-billion to local non profits. Nationally, the Kinsmen support many causes but Cystic Fibrosis research has been a cornerstone of each clubs efforts and to date more than a $1-million has been forwarded for their cause.”
Feast said the Kinsmen have been instrumental in many endeavors.
“What is little known is that during (The Second World War), England had a milk crisis and the Kinsmen filled that need with an amazing fundraising effort,” he said.
“This program became the forerunner of Meals on Wheels.”
Feast said he is hoping people across Wallaceburg and all over Chatham-Kent continue to support their causes.
“I ask that the citizens of each municipality to support the Kin fundraising efforts as the monies are redirected to much needed funding in their local municipality and for their neighbours,” he said.
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