By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - The Rotary Club of Cornwall held its annual pancake breakfast and silent auction, a popular event that consistently draws in 500 hungry supporters, this Saturday.
Service club members were busy flipping pancakes and frying sausages at St. John's Presbyterian Church to help raise upwards of $6,000. Proceeds from the event assist their local community projects.
"This event is critical to the club because it's one of our major fundraisers," said Guy Menard, Cornwall Rotary president. "It's a local tradition."
He recalled going to the Rotary pancake breakfast as a high school student.
Menard said one of the club's favourite causes to support is the Boys & Girls Club of Cornwall/SD&G.
"It's such a critical initiative to break the cycle and allow kids to see there's a way to make something of your life," said Menard.
The pancake breakfast started as a PR event for Rotarians to meet the community and spread awareness about their services. But for supporters like nine-year-old Jonah Ashby and his grandfather Nick Ashby, it became much more.
"It's important to bring my grandson because he gets to see what volunteering is all about," said Ashby.
"I look forward to coming every year with grandpa," added Jonah.
For more information on the Rotary Club of Cornwall, visit www.cornwallrotary.com.