Team CP Veterans celebrates their win. Left to right: Rory Thompson, Manager Diversity and Military Relations, Craig Volstad, Senior Project Manager IS, Simon Naylor, Specialist Network Car Maintenance, Patrick Tait, Manager Leadership Programs, Scott MacDonald, Senior Vice-President Operations System and Dan Partridge, Senior Auditor. (CNW Group/Canadian Pacific)
CALGARY – The Homes for Heroes Foundation and Canadian Pacific (CP) together raised more than $505,000 in the third annual Spin for a Veteran event held this past weekend. The money will go towards building homes for homeless veterans.
To date, this event has raised approximately $800,000 to support homeless veterans reintegrating into civilian life. Each $100,000 raised represents the organization’s ability to build one home, bringing CP’s total to eight homes.
Held on Canadian Armed Forces Day, CP’s Spin for a Veteran had 18 teams of CP employees, local companies and emergency services riding for 24 hours in a spin competition to see who could ride the farthest. Teams including CP, ATCO, Calgary Police Service and Lord Strathcona’s Horse Regiment rode a total distance of 14,290 kilometres, equivalent to travelling from Vancouver, B.C. to Cape Spear, Newfoundland and back again. The CP Veterans team pushed through and won the competition, covering 925 kilometres.
“CP has a long history of supporting the military and we are proud to have our employees rally behind this important cause,” said CP senior vice-president, operations system and Canadian veteran Scott MacDonald.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to support our Canadian veterans in their time of need as they so selflessly stood on guard for this great country. This event is a means to increase support to help combat veteran homelessness in Calgary.”
Thousands of Canadians who have fought in the armed forces are without homes due to challenges they face transitioning out of active duty. The Foundation’s mandate is to provide housing and the framework needed to ensure a successful transition into civilian life to those who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces.
“The funds raised will be used to build affordable homes in a community of peers with a support structure designed to meet individual needs, and provide a sense of place and belonging for Canadian military veterans experiencing homelessness,” said Homes for Heroes Foundation co-founder and president Dave Howard.
“Homes for Heroes is very fortunate to have the support from local businesses like CP to host this spectacular event each year and raise money to help the Foundation build homes in veterans village. We owe it to our Canadian soldiers to help them through the challenging times they might be encountering, and we believe we have a solution to end the homeless issues they’re facing.”
The Homes for Heroes veterans village will be a unique tiny-home community that offers a solution to the homeless Canadian military veterans. Each home will be named after a Canadian soldier who lost his or her life in Afghanistan. The community is scheduled to open fall 2019. You can donate online at Spin4Vets.com.