‘Paramedic Push’ Raises Funds To Help The Homeless

Politicians and celebrities to ride specially designed stretcher

Simcoe County Paramedics will push a stretcher along County Road 15 today to raise awareness of and raise cash to help the homeless.

“As paramedics we see the direct effects of a lack of housing and how it affects people and families in our community and it so touched us. This organization does great work – we really want to support their efforts.”

– Janel Perron, Advanced Care Paramedic, County of Simcoe

Redwood Park Communities was founded in 2009 as a charity to build safe, affordable, hopeful housing that supports families and individuals. They are committed to working through partnerships with local agencies serving vulnerable people who require affordable housing, to provide housing options that are wrapped in a fostering and supportive community. Their fundamental belief is that the opposite of homelessness is not just housing, it’s a supportive and nurturing community. The #HopeThroughHousing Campaign supports the creation of a Family Short-Term Supportive Housing Centre. In partnership with The Salvation Army, this two-storey building will feature 12 fully furnished, two-bedroom apartments for families in crisis. The building will include a great room, complete with a spacious kitchen and a large stone fireplace and will be a space where families’ lives intersect.

via Janel Perron/Twitter

This is the third year for the Paramedic Push. It leaves the Alliston paramedic station at 8 am en route, through Base Borden, to the Paramedic Station in Angus (last year’s route took them along Highway 26 from Stayner to Midhurst). Politicians and celebrities will take turns riding the stretcher.

Feel free to stop and chat with them, give them a pat on the back for the work they do, and make a donation to Redwood Park Communities.

banner image: Advanced Care Paramedic Janel Perron