Highland Yard more than just a race
By Jenn Watt
Fifty children and 25 adults have benefited from the affordable housing Places for People provides since the Haliburton County charity began renting units in 2010. Currently, 12 adults and 21 kids live in the eight units spread across the four municipalities in the county.
“While it may not look like much, we think it’s a really good start to solving the housing problem in Haliburton County,” said Fay Martin, vice-president of the charity, before the beginning of their annual fundraiser, The Highland Yard.
Hundreds of people congregated by the River Cone in downtown Minden Sunday morning, ready to run, walk or wheel in the fundraising event, which offered 10-, five- and two-kilometre routes.
Jack Russel, chair of the Highland Yard committee, said the event was crucial to raising money for the work of Places for People.
“Places for People does more than just provide a roof, we provide a home and we provide a lot of support for our tenants to help them with their life goals and to assist them with their objectives. It’s more than just a roof. It’s a real home for them,” he said.
The charity’s definition of affordable is 80 per cent of average market rent, which means one-bedroom units are about $700 and three- or four-bedroom homes are about $1,100 a month. Rent supplements are available.
Russel recognized one of the top fundraisers, Dave Jones, who brought in more than $5,000. Other top fundraisers include Susan Russel and Neil Campbell.
Gary Clieff, who has been running the race for the last 42 years, made sure he wore his specially-made Heineken Yard 1977 T-shirt for the occasion. Clieff lives in Sarnia and has a place on Deep Bay Road and ran the 5K route this year.
The Highland Yard was once called the Heineken Yard, recognizing the beer company, which was at one time a sponsor. The event was started by Onondaga Camp in 1971 and was taken over by Amici Camping Charity in 1986. In 2011, the camping charity announced it would no longer be able to organize the race, at which point Places for People stepped in.