TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2015 /CNW/ - The Carpenters' District Council (CDC) of Ontario is once again proud to partner with the Renos for Heroes Foundation for the 2015 120 Km "Walk for Heroes."
Oshawa Mayor John Henry, and Ontario Transportation Minister The Hon. Steven Del Duca today joined Durval Terceira, a Carpenters' Union representative, to kick off his 120 km walk to raise funds that will help rebuild the homes and lives of our veterans.
Renos For Heroes is a non-profit foundation that provides building services to improve the lives of injured Canadian soldiers and their families, by arranging home renovations of soldiers who return home with decreased mobility.
"We sometimes forget what it means for a soldier, wounded in the line of duty, to return home facing limited mobility", said Terceira, Business Agent and member of Local 1030 of the Carpenters District Council of Ontario. "These brave men and women put their lives on the line for us, the least we can do is help them when they come home by reducing their expenses and their stress."
More than 100 Canadian military personnel have lost limbs since the Afghan mission began in 2002 and hundreds more have been seriously wounded. Many of them return home and face significant difficulty, especially with their decreased mobility.
"We feel this is an extremely important and worthy cause and we are very proud to partner with Renos for Heroes", said Tony Iannuzzi, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the CDC of Ontario. "I'm pleased to report that members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of American passed a resolution at the recent 2015 International General Convention that solidifies our commitment to helping our wounded soldiers on their return. We hope this sets an example and spurs other organizations to follow our lead."
"Renos for Heroes helps our wounded soldiers make the necessary changes to their homes," said Renos for Heroes Founder, Jim Caruk. " We're thankful for Durval's effort and for the support of the Carpenters' District Council of Ontario's in raising funds so we can assist our returning soldiers live the independent lives that we all take for granted"
About Carpenters' District Council of Ontario
The Carpenters' District Council of Ontario ("CDC") is composed of 16 affiliated Local Unions of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners across the province. In total, we represent over 20,000 women and men working in a wide range of areas, including carpentry, drywall, resilient flooring, concrete formwork, underwater construction, welding, scaffolding, and a long list of other construction-related work. Indeed, because of our up-to-date apprenticeship and training programs, there are very few construction-related jobs outside the scope of the Carpenters' Union. In addition, our union represents many industrial workers and thousands of highly skilled workers in Ontario's health care sector. Learn more at www.thecarpentersunion.ca
About RENOS FOR HEROES Foundation
RENOS for HEROES was founded in November 2009 by Toronto-based contractor Jim Caruk in association with volunteer contractors and manufacturers in the Canadian home improvement industry and with the support of the Canadian Armed Forces. RENOS for HEROES helps our wounded soldiers make changes to their homes, so they can minimize expense, reduce stress, and regain full mobility in their own homes. Learn more at www.renosforheroes.org
SOURCE Carpenters' District Council of Ontario
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