It’s important to remember at this time of year that all of the festivities, all of the celebration, all of the decorations and gifts and joy – they all happen because one man came to serve others. That’s the heart of each and every one of us at REAL MEN. So whether it’s handing out some hot apple cider at Jackson Square, or serving a dinner to someone without at Mission Services, REAL MEN is here to serve our city. Today is a wonderful reminder that we have been given a wonderful example to which we aspire. Merry Christmas from REAL MEN HAMILTON.
We at REAL MEN are proud to say that our members have a heart to serve. That’s why we’re especially proud of our own, Eric Savard, who recently undertook an arduous cycling adventure from Toronto to Ottawa, to raise funds and awareness for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This charity honours and remembers firefighters who gave their lives in service, by fundraising to provide for the surviving families, through scholarships, bursaries, financial funeral assistance, and more.
What follows is Eric’s own recollection of the trip…
“It was challenging, but keeping focus on the end goal is what kept me going. The middle portion of the ride had a 1200 m gain in elevation over about 40 km. Then the next day, more hills coming out of Kingston. We departed from the Toronto Fire Training Facility in Scarborough at 7:30 and arrived in Kingston at 6:30, for a first day of 263 km. We stopped every 90 minutes of riding for a 10 minute stretch and hydration break. I consumed my own homemade energy sports gels to fuel my body with sufficient carbs and electrolytes: 18 g carbs every 30 minutes. We left Kingston at 7:30 the next morning and arrived in Ottawa ahead of schedule at 3:45. Our average speed for both days was 28.7 km/hr, we rode the last 80 km at 32 to 35 km/hr. On the Sunday we marched to the memorial (450 m) and we attended the ceremony where 20 families were presented with fire hats, handed to them for the first time by our Prime Minister.”
The reason for the ride is to raise funds and awareness to the Canadian Fallen Firefighter Association. which has erected and maintains a memorial in Ottawa. The CFFA also provides counseling at a camp for 5 days, available to the grieving family of a deceased firefighter. Also, funeral financial aid is available to the families of the deceased firefighter who died in the line of duty, there is also an education fund available to the spouse and children.
Below is the link for the Spectator’s story
Sometimes it’s just about good fellowship! On Sunday Sep 16th, REAL MEN had an unofficial Bocce ball tournament by Hamilton’s harbourfront. Let’s face it, we’re out to make a difference and show some love in our city. But you also want to know the people with whom you stand, and there’s no better way to do that than with a little fun and friendly competition. The relationships we have with each other are just as important as the new ones we forge with our events. REAL MEN is committed to creating these awesome opportunities to both connect and develop meaningful ties with both new people in our community, and with those who may have been here some time, but haven’t ever been a part of something like this. From that perspective, does it really matter who won? (specific answers as to who won will vary depending on who is asked)…
We’re REAL MEN HAMILTON. We
Connect with New People
Build Quality Relationships
Help People Grow
For the final time before summer ends, Tim Horton’s Field put on a free movie for the city. And once again, REAL MEN was there with some fresh picked and cooked corn for hungry moviegoers. Check out the video! And don’t worry – while that may be all the movies the Field will show this year, REAL MEN never stop giving of themselves! We’ll be outside Jackson Square this week with more free corn! Stay tuned to this space to see what REAL MEN does next!
Last night James Street had an Art Crawl, and REAL MEN were once again on-hand to show some love for the city. Fresh picked and freshly cooked, the MEN distributed corn on the cob to all whose hunger for local art was complemented by physical hunger as well!
Feel like showing some heart while the city shows some art? Get in touch with us and join us for the next Crawl – trust us, it will be Super!
If you attended the Free Movie at Tim Horton’s Field this evening, there’s a good chance you saw REAL MEN there! Ahead of showtime, the men were handing out free cooked corn on the cob, locally grown and picked! Be sure to attend the next one, we’ll be there too!
And to the gentleman who graciously allowed his wife to snag the last cob in his place – you have the spirit of putting others first that REAL MEN is all about! We’d love to have you, or any man out to make a difference in his community, get in touch with us to help!
We just picked up the first 9 bikes for the next bike drive from Ford of Canada and the Local Union! Big shout out to Richard Zafra who co-ordinated this “with more to come”, they said.