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Men's philanthropic group helps out Salvation Army food bank

Guys Who Care North Simcoe raises $16,240 for charity during first in-person meeting in two years
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Pictured from left to right during the cheque presentation are the Salvation Army's Aimee Thomas and Kim Duquette along with 'Guys' Shawn Stewart, Jim McCready, Mal Inrig and Barry Goode, who proposed the food bank.

After a two-year hiatus from in-person meetings, Guys Who Care North Simcoe finally returned to a live get-together.

From the three local charities presented at the recent meeting, the Midland food bank run by the Salvation Army was selected as the recipient of the funds raised.

And earlier this week, the philanthropic organization presented a cheque for $16,240 the Salvation Army’s Kim Duquette and Aimee Thomas of the Salvation outside the Dominion Avenue food bank.

“Guys Who Care have now been in existence for 5 1/2 years and in that time  have raised and donated over $266,000 to 12 local charities,” organization co-founder Andrew Combes said, noting that despite heavy rains the recent spring meeting was well attended.

At each meeting, three names are drawn from a hat and the three chosen Guys give a short pitch on why the group as a whole should choose his preferred charity.

After three pitches and a short question and answer session, the Guys vote by ballot with the winning charity receiving all the funds raised at the meeting, Combes said.

Added Combes: “The Guys organization has no overheads and every single dollar raised goes directly to the  beneficiary charities.”

If you would like to learn more about Guys Who Care, check out their website. They're also on Facebook.


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Editor Andrew Philips is a multiple award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in some of the country’s most respected news outlets. Originally from Midland, Philips returned to the area from Québec City a decade ago.
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