REAL MEN Hamilton @ Hess Street Bike Drive

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What a great way to head into summer—riding a bike! Last month, 54 students at Hess Street School, from Kindergarten to Grade 8, received a bike, helmet, bell and lock. They are now enjoying getting out and about, around Hamilton, on their new wheels.

REAL MEN Hamilton partnered with the Yoe Men Club at Hess Street School to gift bikes to three students from each class throughout the school. The Yoe Men Club, a group of boys aged 10-14, led the initiative in the school, creating a reward tickets students could earn for good citizenship. Students responded by being a good friend, caring for others and their school environment and participating in a school playground clean-up to earn tickets towards a bike.

Three students from each class earned a bike and Yoe Men’s leadership really made a difference in school. Out in the community, groups of men from REAL MEN Hamilton collected quality used bikes and made sure they were in great working condition to meet the students’ needs. People from Living Hope Church contributed donations towards helmets, bells and locks—and the Bike Drive was up and running!

On June 9, the students came with their families to pick up their bikes. Canadian Helmet Initiative donated helmets and sent a team to fit the helmets for each student. This community support was most welcome, and it was also great to have the support of New Hope Bikes as a destination for students to visit for ongoing repairs in the future.

As REAL MEN Hamilton volunteers arrived on June 9 with the bikes, families from Hess Street School arrived with excited children, ready to pick up their new wheels. Volunteers from Living Hope Church came out to set up face painting and soccer penalty shootout stations for students as they waited for helmet fittings.

The carnival atmosphere added to a great community event. REAL MEN Hamilton is committed to making a difference in the lives of families and communities, and we recognize that it starts with us—all of us! We are thankful for the support of the staff at Hess Street School, the Yoe Men Club, Living Hope Church, Canadian Helmet Initiative and New Hope Bikes. We look forward to more opportunities to partner with the community to give back to the community.

Burger Throwdown!

Join us for the ultimate burger showdown on SUN JUN 12 4PM-8PM at 620 Trinity Church RD, Hamilton.

8-10 teams will compete head to head for the title of Best Burger. Sample a piece of each available burger and then vote for your favourite.

$10 entry fee for attendees (paid at event cash only)
$5 fee for each team member (paid at event cash only)

This event is open to Men ages 17 and up.

Bike Drive

Bike Rack

REAL MEN Hamilton making a difference! This Spring, we’ll be partnering with a local Hamilton school in a Bike Drive, fixing up and giving bikes to kids. We’ll need bike donations, helmets, locks, and committed volunteers. Do you want to make a difference in your community? Join us and help out. To find out more, email us today.

Changed: Brad’s Story

 

I was a very sick child from a young age. I had severe asthma and, as a result, I was hospitalized three or four times per year. I was told that I would not be able to get involved in sports or any type of physical activity. My health was always a major concern to my family.

At the age of 15, my parents separated. This was extremely hard on me. I began drinking, taking drugs and doing whatever I could to escape reality. I was very angry with my father and I blamed him completely for what had happened (I know it was two sided, but I blamed him). When I was 18, my mom (who I stayed with after my dad left) passed away unexpectedly. I was left alone to raise my brother who, at the time, was 15 years old. This added to my anger. I felt like, if there was a God, why would He let all these things happen to me and to my family? I directed a lot of anger towards God for this.

When I was 24 years old, I got a job at Scotiabank, where I met the woman who would later become my wife. She was attending a church and, after a few months of dating, told me, “I will never let you come between me and my faith.” This really hit me. I had never heard anything like that before. I wanted to know more about the church she was attending and this faith that was obviously very important to her. I attended the church with her one Sunday morning and was touched immediately. I continued to attend and, four weeks later, I gave my heart to the Lord. I immediately felt a load lifted from my shoulders. I saw everything in my life in a new way. The same God that I blamed for all the bad things in my life came into my life and erased the pain I was feeling. I felt a renewed hope and peace come over me. I no longer felt that I needed to carry the pain and regret.

I have been a Christian now for 17 years. God has always been faithful in my life. I have renewed health. I take part in 56k bike rides annually and do 5k runs once or twice a week; exercise is lifestyle now. I am doing exercises that I was always told I would never do as a result of my failing health. I have a great relationship with my Dad, and I have seen numerous miracles in my family over the last 17 years. I have been blessed over and over again in this amazing walk with God. I have a wonderful family and look forward to a great future!

Commitment

Dictionary Series - Attributes: commitment

In July 1519, Hernán Cortés and his men landed at what today is Veracruz, Mexico. They were on an expedition under the orders from Charles V. Cortés ordered all of the supplies and armaments taken off the ships and then, in order to eliminate any ideas of retreat, he ordered that the ships be burned.

Cortez wanted his men to be fully engaged in the mission! No turning back!

The important things in life require commitment. If you give yourself an escape route or you have an alternate plan in the back of you mind, then you will not be committed and you will take the option to quit when the going gets tough. There are things in your life that are worth 100% of your commitment, such as your marriage, your relationship with your kids, and your faith.

I think commitment was what Jesus was referring to in Revelation 3:15 when He said “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot”  (NKJV).

Life in general requires commitment.  If you want to overcome the obstacles in your life for the things that matter, don’t quit!

There are times and circumstances when having a plan “B” is a good idea, maybe even necessary. But concerning the important issues of life, retreat should never be a option. Regroup and change the strategy, but I say again, don’t quit!


— Doug Girvan