Fundraiser held in honour of Brandon Allen


By Joel Charron


To help offset the costs of his trip to Poland to run with Team Canada at the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championship, the community is throwing Brandon Allen a fundraising dinner.

“It’s just a small community coming together to support a tremendous athlete,” said organizer and owner of The Creative Child Learning Centre, Michelle DiCarlo.

Allen, a Grade 12 student at General Amherst punched his ticket to Poland when Canada placed first at the North America Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) meet on January 26 in Jamaica.  Allen ran the six-kilometer course in 19:50 and placed 14th out of 34 racers.

The fundraising dinner will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at the Verdi Club. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for kids 6-12 and free for children five and under, tickets will also be sold at the door. Dinner includes a pasta buffet, bread and dessert. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

DiCarlo said after learning that Allen had to pay for the trip out of his own pocket; she and a few other residents came up with the idea of hosting a dinner in his name.

“When people were coming to me and suggesting that we should do something for Brandon to offset some of the cost I kind of took it upon myself to get the ball rolling and get the word out,” said DiCarlo.

DiCarlo said the response has been “tremendous” with over 100 tickets sold but she expects a number of tickets will also be sold at the door the night of the dinner.

DiCarlo noted the organizers have no set monetary goal in mind.

“Anything we can raise is going to be just fine,” she said.

DiCarlo said Allen is aware of the dinner but was told to “just show up and enjoy the evening.”

“I just said to him to show up that night at 5 p.m. and hopefully it will put a big smile on your face.”

Those wishing to purchase a ticket can do so at The Creative Child Learning Centre at 260 Murray St. or by calling DiCarlo at 519-736-8400. Monetary donations will also be accepted at The Creative Child Learning Centre.

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