Last week, students, staff, and faculty from the School of Pharmacy supported local service organization Ray of Hope in delivering two events. Ray of Hope offers hot meals for hungry people each night out of their community centre, and groups volunteer to fundraise and coordinate the purchasing, preparation, and serving.
On Tuesday February 19, the School of Pharmacy gathered at Ray of Hope to make lasagna, salad, and garlic bread. Faculty, staff and students made the sauce and prepared eleven big trays of lasagna. Another shift of pharmacy volunteers served the meal to the 200 people who came by the centre that night. In what is becoming an annual tradition for Waterloo Pharmacy, this was the third meal that pharmacy volunteers have prepared at the community centre.
Waterloo Pharmacy’s work in the community continued on Saturday February 23 with the Coldest Night of the Year walk, organized by Ray of Hope. Each year, Coldest Night of the Year walks occur across Canada, raising money for charities serving hungry, homeless, and hurting people. In Kitchener, Ray of Hope is the charity that is supported. People volunteer in teams, fundraise, and complete either a 2km, 5km, or 10km walk up King street.
For many years, the School of Pharmacy has supported this initiative as a rest stop where people completing the walk can stop in for a coffee, snack, and break. Student and staff volunteers welcome participants with cheering and signs. About 600 people participated in this year’s walk, and the teams together have raised about $150,000.
Events like Coldest Night of the Year allow the School of Pharmacy to give back to a community that has been so welcoming to its faculty, staff and students. Waterloo Pharmacy is grateful to Flanagan Foodservice who donated goods in support of the community meal the School prepared.