a response to the need for affordable housing

Out-Spok'n IV Raises $40K for Elmira Project

On Saturday June 21, over 80 riders participated in Out-Spok’n IV for Affordable Housing raising $40,000 for a new 3 storey apartment building to be built in Elmira.

The day started early with 14 riders taking part in the 75km ride from St. Jacobs to the Shand Dam near Fergus and back. A group of 15 motorcyclist’s hit the road at 8:30 to enjoy a roundtrip back-roads tour between Elmira and Paris. Another 50 cyclists and one runner enjoyed a variety of distances from 14km to 30km on the Kissing Bridge Trail between Wallenstein and West Montrose. A highlight for many of the riders included a midway stop in West Montrose for ice cream.

The event wrapped up at noon with a BBQ lunch and short program that included Regional Chair Ken Seiling and local MP Harold Albrecht. “Addressing the need for affordable housing has been a priority for The Region of Waterloo for many years” said Seiling “and we have valued our good partnership with MennoHomes”.

Ride participants agreed. “It was a fun day for a great cause. Glad to support this important work. It was a great warm up for the Tour de Waterloo” said Marilyn Wideman of Elmira. 

Since 2010, MennoHomes has provided seven affordable housing units in Elmira. “All funds raised today will go towards our new project in Elmira” said Dan Driedger, the Executive Director for MennoHomes. “We are planning a 3 storey apartment building on the site we share with Woolwich Community Services at the corner of Church St. and Memorial Ave. Once our funding is in place, we can start building.” 

A number of local businesses generously supported the event through donations of food and door prizes. Corporate sponsorships were provided by Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, Mennonite Foundation of Canada, and MAX Canada Insurance. Out-Spok’n V for Affordable Housing is scheduled for Saturday June 20th, 2015. 

You can view our photo gallery from the event here: Out-Spok'n IV Photo Gallery