Sunday July 7th turned into a fantastic day – we at REAL MEN love to take advantage of these moments, and so that evening we gathered on the green by Pier 4 to have a bocce ball tournament! We had an amazing turnout, with 27 men in all. Make no mistake, this was no exclusive event: 7 of these participants were visitors! There was quite the wide range in age as well – a couple of “men” taking part were 8 years old! When REAL MEN meet to play games, everyone’s welcome. We even had a couple of onlookers join us for a few tosses! Some fun prizes were handed out to our winners, and a great time was had by all!
REAL MEN loves to serve our city. And it’s a fantastic city: beautiful locale, the harbour as a backdrop, and a lot of green open space to play. We feel truly blessed to be able to utilize these amazing features, and that’s why it’s truly our pleasure to do what we can when we have events that serve Hamilton.
Contact us to get in on the next tournament, whether Bocce’s your game or not, it’s all about the fellowship!
Despite the threatening sky on Thursday June 13th, REAL MEN were determined to see the bicycles we’d worked so hard to prepare get into Central’s students’ hands. And the rain held off, at least for setup and most of the distribution! The men who led this event did so with grace and professionalism. REAL MEN were able to bless 30 kids with a restored bike and properly fitted helmet, courtesy of Seven Star Sports. LH Kids Ministry were also on hand with some bubbles and face-painting, to give the event a real carnival atmosphere!
When the rain did fall, it was torrential, but we still finished what we’d come to do. Seeing these thankful children joyfully riding in the downpour, we knew we couldn’t have done any less! Thanks to our amazing volunteers and partners who made this happen – these smiles in the rain, they’re for you!
On Saturday, June 1st, REAL MEN partnered with MacKids for their Walk & Wheel event – the biggest fundraising event of the year for McMaster Children’s Hospital foundation. We donned the volunteer greens and got to work, proudly serving our community. What a great opportunity, to participate in something so great as joining together with people of all ages to beat cancer, and create future chances to partner and serve! We’re glad to be able to draw inspiration from the participants of this noble cause, and, in our small way, show that REAL MEN truly does wish to make a difference, as our motto states. Momentum in this city is building…
A bike isn’t just something you ride, it’s all about sprockets and ball bearings. Come to one of our bike repair sessions and see what we do. You will have a great time even if you just observe. Bring a friend. This Thursday and Friday night, 7:00 to 9:00, plus this coming Saturday morning, 9:00 to noon. Let us know, we’d love to see you there!
It looked like it could have rained on Thursday afternoon, April 25th. But that wouldn’t have stopped REAL MEN – we simply would have moved indoors. See, we had a mission: we were there to hand the bicycles, that we’d spent so much time and effort these last few weeks fixing and polishing, to some deserving kids at the school.
Well the rain held off, at least until it was time to pack up! And that afternoon we gave out 36 bikes. Each of the recipients also received a generously donated new helmet, and a little on-site TLC to make sure both bike and helmet were properly fit and in great working order. We also found ourselves in a position to give 4 other children a brand new helmet.
Does helping out with a REAL MEN bike drive sound like something you’d like to do? Get in touch with us! No experience necessary, all you need is a heart to serve! And for those 40 kids, volunteers with that make all the difference.
At REAL MEN, we love our city. And we love to give to it. Sometimes that means we give of our time, to serve others. That’s what these fine gents did this week. With ever-increasingly busy lives, and on a holiday weekend to boot, they still found a slice of time to don green aprons and help at Mission Services. It is so simple a thing to give, and yet it means so much more to those served. We’re proud of you, guys!
Here’s a quick vision of why REAL MEN spends so much time in the shop before our school bike drives.
If you have a bit of time, and a heart to serve, those are the ONLY requirements! The know-how can be taught – the desire to help is already a gift you have. And at REAL MEN, we help equip men to use their gifts for others.