Part of my job is to tell you about fundraisers and people who are doing good things in our community. Now, I understand that reading about fundraisers may not be as exciting as you might like, but you will learn about some fascinating people or discover entertainment for the whole family that’s often inexpensive and fun — all for a good cause.
• Doylestown’s Tom Finley, 79, joked that he hoped that his son would be able to keep up with him when climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The two planned to start climbing early this month and reach the summit on Father’s Day, June 15.
The father-and-son team is raising money for North Coast Community Homes (NCCH), which has provided more than 200 homes across Northeast Ohio for nearly 1,000 people with disabilities. Pat Finley, chairman of the NCCH Board of Trustees, and his dad are asking that the community join them, in spirit, by making a pledge to the nonprofit organization in support of their climb.
“I’m not worried that I’ll make it to the top,” joked Tom Finley in a news release. “It’s Pat I’ll be keeping an eye on.”
The duo began training in April, climbing local slopes and exercising while wearing equipment that simulates lower oxygen levels. They’ve even slept in tents that gradually reduced the amount of oxygen available.
“Even trained athletes underestimate the effects of altitude,” explained Pat Finley.
To contribute visit http://ncch.donorpages.com/KilimanjaroClimb2014/.
• Walk for Wishes is a family-friendly, community walk that raises funds for Make-A-Wish, which grants the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Start a team of family, friends and co-workers or participate as an individual in the June 28 walk at Lock 3 in downtown Akron.
Participants can opt to walk 1 or 3 miles. During a Finish Line Celebration, rock out to music, food and fun. Walkers can meet wish families and experience the power of a wish come true. There are 166 children waiting for their wishes in Northeast Ohio.
Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the walk kick-off beginning at 10 a.m. See http://makeawishohio.kintera.org/akronwalk.
• Ohio residents who suffer from Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disorder, a progressive disorder that causes the nerve cells leading to the body’s extremities to slowly degenerate, are coming together to sponsor CMT Awareness Night with the Akron RubberDucks at Canal Park.
Game time on June 23 is 7:05 p.m., but arrive early to meet with other people with CMT.
• In March, the pickup truck that Akron native TaRay McGinnis was driving burst into flames near Atlanta. Marine Sgt. Matthew Sullivan has been credited for saving his life when he saw the burning truck, patted the 26-year-old down and made him roll on the ground.
To pay for things like McGinnis’ medical expenses, the Mykie’s Angels are having a spaghetti dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the United Baptist Church, 1007 S. Hawkins Ave.
Cost is $6 for ages 4 and up, $3 for 3 and under.
• An interactive family event in which you can see and touch trucks that crunch, grind, haul, rescue and more is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 21 at Copley High School, 3797 Ridgewood Road.
Trucks at the event will include ODOT trucks, Copley and Fairlawn trucks, an RTA bus, an RV and many more.
The fundraising event is being held by the Parent Teacher Student Association. Admission is $5, $20 for a family of up to six. Children ages 2 and under are free. Activities include a Kids Zone with face painting, crafts and more.
• Project RISE is a collaborative effort between Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to homeless children and youth.
Last month, staff members Megan Lawrence and Chiew Johnson visited six of Akron’s homeless shelters to distribute more than 40 handmade dolls to children under the age of 6.
Since the project began, volunteers have come together to lovingly sew dolls, quilts and tote bags that are paired with a story book and educational activity guide. These are then taken to local homeless shelters where staff and volunteers meet with the parents and their children. They talk with the families about school readiness and each child picks out a doll to keep.
• The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive last month delivered more than 44,000 pounds of food to the shelves of Stark County Hunger Task Force’s pantry network.
The annual drive, spearheaded by the National Association of Letter Carriers AFL-CIO Hall of Fame Branch No. 238, asked Stark County residents to place food items by their mailboxes for pickup by letter carriers.
The local carriers joined other letter carriers in donating their time during their normal duties of delivering mail to pick up the food.