Ian Clark, president of Kingston Coalition Against Poverty, has announced he will be treading water at the Gord Downie Memorial Pier on September 21st to raise funds for five local charities.
Martha’s Table, Kingston Street Mission, Partners in Mission Food Bank, Lunch By George, and AMS Food Bank will each receive an even share of the money raised by Clark.
The total amount he will be raising for the charities is being determined by the following:
- 1 minute for every $25 raised up to 1 hour.
- 1 minute for every $50 raised after 1 hour and up to 3 hours.
- 1 minute for every $100 raised after 3 hours.
Five organizations were selected to receive funds to represent the five digit’s on each hand that Ian will use to help his head stay above the water and he decided to tread water because the experience of living in poverty can feel much like treading water.
“All of your energy is expended just trying to survive, and although you can feel your stamina depleting, there’s no way out in sight,” explained a media release.”You know you can’t do it forever, but you don’t have another option.”
Kingston Coalition Against Poverty is a direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. KCAP works to improve the lives of those living in extreme poverty through direct-action initiatives and to act as an advocate for the poor and working people who are affected by government and institutional policies
The event is set to take place on Saturday, September 21 but in the event of heavy rainfall, it will be rescheduled to happen September 22 or September 28.
You can make donations to the Keep Your Head Above Water Fundraiser at this GoFundme page.
Image source: KCAP