The Good Neighbours' Club

The Good Neighbours' Club

December 06, 2007 11:00 ET

It's what Good Neighbours Do:

Retired Bell employees ring in Christmas with party for older homeless and marginally housed men

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2007) - Virtually no one is more than a couple of pay cheques away from a life of destitution and hardship. On December 8, from 12-2pm at St. Paul's Basilica at 80 Power St. (at Queen St. E.), retired Bell employees will throw a Christmas Party for members of The Good Neighbours' Club, a day club for older, homeless and marginally housed men.

Featuring a visit from Santa, music from a band and home-made party food (cake, sandwiches, eggnog, etc), this party is the highlight of the year for many Good Neighbours' Club members and the only Christmas they will have. Some will come dressed for the occasion in new clothing from Moore's Clothing for Men, who donate thousands of dollars in clothing and shoes to the Club every year.

What:
-A Christmas party to benefit the members of The Good Neighbours' Club, a day-centre for homeless and marginally housed men who are 50 and over.

Who:
-about 200 Good Neighbours' Club members, some quite articulate and relatively comfortable speaking with media
-Helen Hawkins, organizer of the party
-Retired Bell employee volunteers (approximately 50) and their families spanning a range of ages
-Santa
-Good Neighbours' Club Board Members and Staff, including the Chair of the board,
Chuck Hill

When:
-December 8
-12-2pm: party.
-1:00pm: approximate time of remarks from the Good Neighbours' Club chair and Santa's arrival. Media welcome throughout.

Where:
-St. Paul's Basilica at 80 Power Street (first street east of Parliament off Queen Street East)

The Good Neighbours' Club:

Founded in 1933 and located at Jarvis and Shuter, The Good Neighbours' Club is a day centre for homeless and under-housed men who are 50 and over. Its members have faced the despair of downsizing or have lost everything due to illness, addiction, poor choices or bad luck. They receive new, donated clothes and have access to mail services, showers, laundry facilities, hot meals, phones, televisions, games, computers, a weekly medical clinic staffed by Street Health nurses, a safe place to lock up valuables…and compassion. The club also provides final arrangements for members whose bodies would otherwise go unclaimed.

Funded largely by the United Way of Greater Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Health and the City of Toronto, The Good Neighbours' Club is assisted by the Daily Bread Food Bank, Second Harvest, Whole Foods Market and Torontonians who realize that these men could be their fathers, their brothers, their sons or even themselves.

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/For further information: Susan McLennan
Babble On Communications
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Deborah Keegan
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  • Susan McLennan
    Primary Phone: 416-699-1846
    Secondary Phone: 416-568-5974