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Recognizing our high Sweat for Pets Fundraiser from Sudbury – Lee!


    Volunteers are on the coronary heart of the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. The work we do isn’t potential with out the continued help of the unimaginable people who pour themselves into serving to animals throughout the province. Lee Duguid is the proper instance of the kind-hearted individuals who make the work of the Ontario SPCA potential. 

    Lee began fundraising for the Ontario SPCA’s Buddies for Life! Stroll™ in Sudbury in 1993. Now Sweat for Pets, the marketing campaign goals to encourage individuals of all ages to set a private health aim and have enjoyable, whereas elevating funds to assist in giving animals in want a second probability. Funds raised by way of Sweat for Pets help life-changing work, offering animals with medical care and shelter till they discover new properties.    

    Be taught extra about Sweat for Pets. 

    Virtually 30 years Supporting the Ontario SPCA 

    Lee had initially solely deliberate on being a “one-timer,” elevating cash to qualify for the prize of an Ontario SPCA t-shirt in her first 12 months. “However after 4 years I used to be nonetheless going out beating doorways down,” she says. Now in 2022, this was Lee’s twenty ninth 12 months taking part within the fundraiser, and he or she raised a whopping $14,008.40, bringing her complete fundraising quantity for the Ontario SPCA to over $145,000. 

    Lee recollects many tales of her years elevating cash for the animals. “I as soon as had slightly woman run over to me and say, ‘I solely have two {dollars}, is that okay?’ I stated, ‘Sweetheart, it’s from the center; completely it’s okay.”  

    This 12 months, Lee says she was impressed that everyone was very form and so giving. “By the top of August everybody was giving $20. It was superb! We walked away one Sunday with round $1,100,” says Lee, who by no means imagined elevating over $14,000 in a single 12 months. “Hats off to those that donated. I’m solely the collector as a result of the animals can’t do it themselves. I simply do what I do and I‘m actually proud that I may elevate this a lot cash,” says Lee. 

    Elevating cash within the warmth, chilly and rain

    Lee spends her days strolling up and down streets, canvassing door to door in Azilda, Chelmsford and Dowling, elevating funds for the Ontario SPCA Sudbury & District Animal Centre. She additionally stations herself exterior of native companies that additionally see the worth in giving again to the group. 

    “Folks don’t have a clue what I am going by way of to get that cash, strolling up and down streets,” she says. “There may be a lot sacrifice between the warmth, the chilly, the rain and the wind, however I at all times have a schedule and I follow my schedule.” 

    One afternoon this August, simply earlier than the lengthy weekend, Lee was out at 3 p.m. elevating cash. “An enormous gust of wind comes and knocks all the pieces off my desk,” Lee recollects. “My clipboard fell aside, all my donation papers flew away, I virtually sat down and cried.”  

    After two younger males graciously stopped to assist her, Lee referred to as a good friend to come back by. He asks, “Do you wish to surrender?” and Lee responds, “No, I’m going till 5:30.” 

    Lee received two extra donations that afternoon, “I sat there for 2 hours for $30.” However even that $30 could make a distinction in an animal’s life. “It’s the animals that I do that for,” says Lee. 

    We’re so grateful to Lee, and to all of our supporters, fundraising for animals throughout the province. 

    Learn extra about Lee’s story right here.