ShareLife expects to reach $12-million goal

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  • July 23, 2009
{mosimage}TORONTO - The Canadian economy has tumbled this year but it hasn’t taken ShareLife down with it.

Heading into the final week of the annual campaign to raise essential funding for a host of charitable agencies, ShareLife organizers are heartened that parish donations are on par with last year.  There were fears the recession might cut into donations.

“We’re the same as last year dollar-wise,” said ShareLife executive director Arthur Peters. “Over 60 parishes have already exceeded their goals. We’re very thankful for the generosity of the Catholic community.”

Although the campaign is on par with last year, there is still work to be done in the final week because the 2009 target of $12-million is $350,000 higher than a year ago. In other words, organizers hope to close that $350,000 shortfall before the Aug. 1 deadline in order to guarantee that all 33 ShareLife agencies receive their full funding allocation.

“We’re still confident,” Peters said. “People have really taken to heart the importance of the campaign.”

ShareLife funds support a wide range of agencies across the archdiocese that provide essential services to the elderly, people with special needs, single and teen parents, immigrants and refugees, seminarians, children, youth and families.

Donations can be made online at www.sharelife.org or through individual parishes.

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