Posted by Peter Roaf on Jul 26, 2017
Working towards a drug free community, Little House Society partnered with Rotary Club of Ladner to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary and raise funds for Little House with a BBQ at Kirkland House in Ladner on July 23, 2017.
Little House Society advocates, educates and collaborates with community stakeholders for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse and addiction. It provides education about the effects of substance abuse on users and their families. It also provides space for counselling those struggling to find support, hope, and motivation to work towards recovery.
Thank you to residents of Ladner and Delta for your support of the BBQ fund-raiser which resulted in $5,000 for Little House Society.
Little House Executive Director, Elena Murgoci, who is a Ladner Rotarian, said the proceeds from the BBQ will help with various education programs, start a new wellness program and support a virtual library not only for those dealing with their addiction, but for their families and friends who are also affected. One of the programs is, “Heart of the Family,” a workshop for those families.
“It’s really important that those family members are supported,” Murgoci says, “just as much as the person who has the addiction. They’re dealing with a lot that’s going on as well. So we help those families through the process.”
Heart of the Family provides a one day workshop with a counsellor for the families.
“It’s really an opportunity for those family members to speak about what they are going through. A lot of families learn that they are enabling their family member in their addiction.
“We’re so grateful to Rotary for its support in taking on this cause which people tend to avoid talking about. Addiction and substance abuse – people want to hide it. It’s prevalent in the community. It’s prevalent across the country, particularly now, with the use of fentanyl, and youth who are taking drugs a lot earlier than they used to. We just need to be there to support. I am very appreciative of the Rotary club that they’ve come to join us in this cause and have stepped up to the plate.”
Fellow Ladner Rotarian and Little House Board Director, Hon. Kerry-Lynne Findlay, who organized the BBQ with Murgoci, said, as champion of the Rotary Club of Ladner’s Canada 150th Anniversary celebrations, that this event was in keeping with the philanthropy and big hearts Rotary members have, supplying a local community charity with fund-raising activity and lots of volunteers.
Findlay says, “This contribution is in keeping with what we do in Rotary, locally, regionally and internationally: we help others. We have an enthusiastic group of Rotarians who’ve been helping us get this event organized and who are here today to help out.”
In thinking about Canada 150 and what there is to celebrate, Findlay adds: “One of the greatest things about a free and democratic country is that we care about others and we show it by our good thoughts and our good deeds. So Rotary is here in big numbers to help Little House Society.”
Joining Rotary Club of Ladner President Ulf Ottho, in speaking to local residents who attended the BBQ, were Delta Member of Parliament Carla Qualtrough, Delta South MLA Ian Paton and Delta Councillor Bruce McDonald.