Carpenters' District Council of Ontario

Carpenters' District Council of Ontario

September 16, 2014 14:15 ET

Carpenters Union Sponsors Key Initiative for Military Personnel Injured Abroad

Initiative aims to support families impacted by injuries or disabilities sustained serving abroad

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 16, 2014) - For its second consecutive year, The Carpenters District Council of Ontario will be placing its dollars where it is needed most by participating and sponsoring the annual "RENOS FOR HEROES" 10 kilometer walk on September 20th.

The initiative seeks to relieve the stress and expense associated with home modifications when someone returns injured or disabled after bravely serving abroad.

"We often forget the sacrifice that these individuals and their families have made. The least we can do is stand behind them and help them make the adjustment of returning home a little easier," said Durval Terceira of The Carpenters Union.

More than 100 Canadian military personnel have lost limbs since the Afghan mission began in 2002 and hundreds more have been seriously wounded. Many of them return home and face significant difficulty trying to live a normal life especially when their decreased mobility makes even the most routine daily chores unbearable.

"These types of initiatives should be highlighted and supported year after year to raise awareness of the significant burden these individuals face upon returning home. The changes required for a disabled person can often include major structural changes that come at a large expense and places unneeded burden on an already challenging situation," stated Terceira.

This year's walk will be kicked off with an opening ceremony to start the 10 kilometer community walk from the Legion in Vaughan to the Carpenters Union facility at 222 Rowntree Dairy Rd.

Last October, The Carpenters Union alone raised $40,000 by completing a 120 KM walk from Oshawa to the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, ON.

Walk Details:
WHEN: Registration: 10:00 am
Speeches by Dignitaries: 10:30am
Walk Begins: 11:00am
WHERE: 61 Legion Crt South of Hwy 7
Woodbridge, Ontario

About the RENOS FOR HEROES Foundation

RENOS FOR HEROES was founded in November 2009 by Toronto-based contractor Jim Caruk, the well-known host of HGTV's Real Renos and Handyman Superstar Challenge, in association with volunteer contractors and manufacturers in the Canadian home improvement industry and with the support of the Canadian Armed Forces. RENOS FOR HEROES, wants to help our wounded soldiers to make these changes to their homes, minimizing the expense and reducing the stress.

About Carpenters District Council of Ontario

The Carpenters' District Council of Ontario ("CDC") is composed of 16 affiliated Local Unions of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners across the province. In total, we represent over 20,000 women and men working in a wide range of areas, including carpentry, drywall, resilient flooring, concrete formwork, underwater construction, welding, scaffolding, and a long list of other construction-related work. Indeed, because of our up-to-date apprenticeship and training programs, there are very few construction-related jobs outside the scope of the Carpenters' Union. In addition, our union represents many industrial workers and thousands of highly-skilled workers in Ontario's health care sector.

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