On the Road to Help Homeless Women

August 5, 2010, 2:37 PM EST

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CAW Local 27 member Liz Overduin took to the road on a 14-hour bicycle trip recently to raise much needed funds for the My Sisters' Place women's shelter in London, Ontario.

On June 21, which is the longest day of the year, Overduin completed a 232 kilometre bike ride in southwestern Ontario and in the process raised $5,250 to help pay for air conditioning at My Sisters' Place new location in London.

Overduin sent letters to each of the units that belong to Local 27 seeking donations for the fundraiser, based on the notion that for the homeless, every day must seem like the longest day of the year.

"On the day of the ride, I cycled and people made donations," Overduin told The Londoner newspaper. "Each unit did its own type of fundraising. Some of them were really fun. Others did 50-50 draws. Others were just straight donations. I think it was really inspiring. I was so moved by how supportive everyone was."

Susan McPhail, director of My Sisters' Place, said the fundraising effort and support from Local 27 members was tremendous.

McPhail said there is great appreciation for the women's committee's support, Liz's creation of this idea about the longest day of the year, and for CAW members coming together to fundraise.

"Our women were really excited by it. It really captured their imagination. It is very empowering for them to see one woman take on such a project on their behalf."

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