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What is the Ruck to Remember? It is an initiative started nine years ago by a civilian who because of medical issues could not join the military but wanted to support our Canadian Veterans and other first responders, including Paramedics, Firefighters and Law Enforcement. Lino Nevio DiJulio started the Ruck to Remember to raise funds for first responders’ different charities. This year “Operation Leave the Streets Behind” a Royal Canadian Legion Charity to get homeless veterans off the streets was their focus!

The municipal election is in full swing and for the first time in a long time, Milton has a real race shaping up for Mayor. After serving 12 years on Council, Councillor, Zeeshan (Zee) Hamid has stepped forward to run against Gord Krantz under the campaign banner “it’s time”.

Hamid has long been viewed as a respected leader on Council with an eye for balanced growth. “I believe we can grow without building high-rises in already established neighbourhoods,” he says. He is a tech sector leader, passionate about sustainability and creating livable communities. If elected, his goal would be to bring a new official plan that protects small businesses and promotes balanced growth.

The Hindu Community in Halton &Hamilton (HCHH) organized its 4th annual Kawad Yatra on 6th August 2022.

 

Kawad Yatra is the annual pilgrimage of devotees of Shiva, known as Kawariyas, to the Hindu pilgrimage places of Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri and Sultanganj in India to get the holy waters of the Ganges River. HCHH started their Yatra (parade) from Milton and walked to the Vaishno Devi Temple in Oakville. 

Nearly 100 devotees participated in the Yatra (parade) with the desire to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. 

Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Milton chapter and the Islamic Community Centre of Milton (ICCM) arranged a BBQ event for the Milton community on July 31, 2022 at 8069 Esquesing Line in Milton. Various food items were offered free of charge for adults, like BBQ, burgers, BBQ chicken, and drinks. Whereas kids enjoyed hotdog sandwiches, cotton candy, popcorn, drinks, juices, and multiple inflatable rides in the nice weather. Besides that, there were different stalls setup for attendees to purchase items of their interest, like clothes, jewelry, arts and crafts, paintings, etc.

Step Up To The Plate 5 by the Dads of Milton (DOM) took part at the Lion’s Park in Milton last month. The annual fundraiser chose Nelson the Giant this year, which aims to reduce bullying by building awareness and educating our youth. Founded by Sandy Gemmill, Nelson the Giant is also the focus of a movie in development which aims to spread the message of anti-bullying to students and children across Canada. The event featured a home run derby and also had delicious eats donated by East Side Marios.

“It was great to see people from all over town get together for an afternoon of fun and laughter.” said Sandeep Sambhi, DoM spokesperson for the event.

The Muslim Association of Milton (MAM) held another successful Annual Community BBQ in August with the purpose to bring the entire Milton community together. This year the BBQ raised funds for both Milton District Hospital Foundation as well as Oakville Hospital. The Annual BBQ opened its door to the entire community giving everyone a chance to attend and enjoy their day. It was a free entry event with a ton of activities for people to take part in such as a Bar-B-Que, toy and clothing stalls, face painting, Fire Truck and more.

A record $110,000 was raised at the 7th annual ‘TEEING OFF for a MIRACLE’ in support of charity. The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation’s (TJSF) charity golf tournament sold out five days!

“I am overcome with so many different emotions right now that it’s hard to explain what the journey was like in bringing back this event after Covid shut all of our live charity events over the past couple of years”, says Tiger Jeet Singh Jr., President of TJSF. “I would never have expected the out pour of support that we received from sponsors and players. My heart goes out to every individual that came together in making this year’s event a tremendous success!”

In July Milton’s own Superstarr Liam along with many other Superstarr’s and Superhero’s hosted a fundraising event for Sick Kids Foundation at the Milton Community Park. The weather was fantastic and the event was attended by hundreds of friends, supporters and community members. Free volunteer lunches were generously donated by Milton’s East Side Mario’s restaurant (Thanks to Zain Raza and Jordan Bassett)