Recipients work on the frontlines of housing, mental health, addiction, nature conservancy, and cycling advocacy
The Wild Rock ComPassion Project, a fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, made grants totalling $54,550 to six local organizations over the course of the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival, which took place at Showplace Performance Centre this past weekend.
“As much as the films showcased by the Festival are about adventure, nature is at the heart of everything,” says Kieran Andrews, Founder of the ComPassion Project. “The responsibility we have to be good stewards of the planet we all share and how important it is to our mental health to be active and spend time outside immersed in nature. You can’t do any of that if you’re unhoused or struggling with addiction.”
Launched last year, Wild Rock ComPassion Project focuses on addressing these urgent social issues in Greater Peterborough while also upholding Wild Rock’s enduring passion for outdoor recreation. The organizations selected for support are: One City Peterborough, YES Shelter for Youth & Families, Fourcast Addiction Services, Kawartha Land Trust, Peterborough Trailbuilders Association, and the Peterborough Bicycle Advisory Committee.
We collaborated with Kieran to choose these organizations because each does such meaningful work in our community,” says Jennifer DeBues, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “It’s been great to watch Kieran’s passion for helping others take hold in those around him – his colleagues, customers, friends, and family. It speaks to the transformative power of people working together to make the changes they wish to see.”
YES Shelter’s Fundraising and Communications Manager, Brooke Erickson agrees. “A big part of our ability to offer safety and help to youth and families experiencing homelessness in our community,” she says, “is people like Kieran, and everyone who has given to the ComPassion Project. The choice of youth homelessness as a focus area shows true compassion to some of the most vulnerable in our community, and we’re all so grateful for the support.”
“We all know the sense of well-being that spending time in nature provides,” says John Kintare, Executive Director of Kawartha Land Trust. “It’s irreplaceable. Support from partners like Wild Rock’s ComPassion Project is nothing short of inspiring and ensures that Kawartha Land Trust can continue to conserve land and biodiversity in our region and create opportunities for people to deepen their connections with the land. Sustainability, mental health, housing – they’re all related, so it’s fantastic to be integrated into the movement Kieran and Wild Rock is creating.”
For almost 30 years, Wild Rock Outfitters has been bringing the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour, which features films and stories of adventure and exploration from around the world, to Peterborough. This year, a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales was donated to the Wild Rock ComPassion Project.