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Wells of Hope urges community to support Passion fundraiser
Chefs from Vintage Hotels restaurants will be at this year’s Passion fundraiser. SUPPLIED

After a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19, an annual fundraiser focused on helping people in Guatemala access life’s basic necessities is focused on rebuilding its sense of community.

Wells of Hope’s Passion fundraiser is back on Friday, Sept. 22 and the organization’s chair, Scott Maxwell, said he’s looking forward to touching base again with longtime volunteers.

“My goal is to reignite the event and get everybody coming out again. COVID was devastating to us when trying to reach our base,” said Maxwell.

The fundraiser will take place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Château Des Charmes winery. All the funds raised will go toward helping people experiencing poverty in Guatemala access clean water, schools, trades training, basic medical assistance and agricultural projects.

“This year Vintage Hotels really stepped up. We got Pillar and Post, Prince of Wales, Queens Landing and their sushi and Thai restaurant. There’s five restaurants from them and Jack Astors from St. Catharines,” Maxwell said.

He added that there will also be a handful of breweries present and wine provided from Château Des Charmes.

Over the past years, Wells of Hope has helped more than 96,000 people in Guatemala access clean water with 32 functioning wells and has opened 32 schools and a medical clinic.

Maxwell urges people to stay connected at wellsofhope.com.

Tickets to the Passion fundraiser are available on the site at $100 per person.

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