In the House of Commons today Mr. Brian Masse M.P. Windsor West made the following statement in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Windsor Goodfellows Club:

Mr. Speaker,

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, as their annual Old Boys Newspaper campaign gets under way, I would like to recognize the Windsor Goodfellows Club, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary of giving.

Founded in 1910 out of the deep concern that no child or family go hungry, the organization has established essential programs to address this need.

In the past year alone, over 11,000 food boxes were distributed by the food bank, feeding over 60,000 people, assisting nine area schools with their breakfast programs and more than 1,300 pairs of new shoes were given to children.

All these efforts were made possible by one paid staff and 152 volunteers. This organization exemplifies volunteer service as it receives no funding from any level of government or not-for-profit agency.

Unfortunately, the concerns and issues that initiated the Goodfellows founding 100 years ago are still with us today. Their continued efforts, which have significant support from across the community, displays what determination and citizen action can accomplish when we all work together.

Thanks to the Goodfellows.