This year about 300 South Western Ontario Shriners gathered in Port Stanley, Ontario
for their three day 2018 Mocha Spring Ceremonial. The Ceremonial brings together
new and established members for a very unique social gathering that reinforces the
Shriners core values of philanthropy. Their belief that "Never does a Shriner stand
so tall as when he stoops to help a child" is a philosophy that will never fade.
This years continuing fundraising efforts in Port Stanley have brought in over $229,000
that will go towards Shriners Hospitals for Children, and for help for a Humboldt
victim with serious spinal cord injuries. Shriners Hospitals for Children relies
totally on the generous donations from Shriners and the general public for funding.
Through the remarkable foresight, commitment and fundraising skills of the Shriners
nearly one million children to date have been treated at one of the 22 Shriners Hospitals
for Children across the United States, and in Canada and Mexico. Shriners Hospitals
for Children is changing lives every day through innovative paediatric specialty
care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Shriners hospitals
provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord
injuries, cleft lip and palate, and may be best known for its work in burn research.
Many of the treatments used as standard practice in burn centers across the country
today originated within Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Part of the Spring Ceremonial included a Parade on Saturday, and what a parade,
the best one I've ever seen in Port. The parade began at the end of Main Street
next to the berm, continued North on Main Street until the intersection, then turning
onto Bridge Street then headed West, also crossing the King George VI Lift Bridge.
At the intersection of Bridge Street and Carlow Road a final turn heading South
for the last section of the parade.
Photo's of this event are also available for viewing here.