Over $30,000 raised for Renovations at Martyrs’ Shrine

MIDLAND (27 September 2017) – Over 200 community members attended the 4th annual Tiawenk Fundraising Dinner and Auction on Saturday. Together, those in attendance raised $30,820.46 from ticket sales, silent auction sales, live auction sales, and personal donations.

More than 80 local businesses contributed to the dinner by either sponsoring the event or by donating an item to the silent auction.

“I would like to thank those who attended the dinner, our local businesses who sponsored or donated prizes to our live and silent auctions, as well as the dedicated group of volunteers who organized the event; for their contributions towards our washroom facility essential to serving the pilgrims who visit the shrine every year” said Fr. Michael Knox, SJ, Director or Martyrs’ Shrine.

This year’s fundraising initiative had identified the much-needed repairs and upgrades to the main washrooms facility on the grounds of the national shrine as the earmarked project. The upgrades required include aesthetic renovations, and modifications necessary to satisfy legislative requirements and best practices with respect to capacity, and ecology. A simple, yet crucial facility; well-functioning washrooms are essential to serving the over 100,000 visitors and pilgrims who journey to Martyrs’ Shrine annually.

Work is expected to begin early 2018.

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Tiawenk is Huron (Wendat) for Thank-You.

Martyrs’ Shrine is the National Shrine to the Canadian Martyrs, celebrating its 91st season, and is a ministry of the Jesuits in English Canada. This ‘house of prayer, home of peace’ honours the Jesuit missionaries and their companions who lived, worked, and died here over 350 years ago. It is located in Midland, Ontario, in the heart of the Huron Confederacy of the 17th century. More than 100,000 visitors from around the world and from all cultural backgrounds are welcomed to the Shrine’s 75-acre landscaped grounds each year.


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