Retirement home rocks out for charity
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Jan 29, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Retirement home rocks out for charity

Ottawa East News

Walden Village Retirement Residence will be rockin’ to raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada next month.

The retirement home is hosting its second annual rocking chair rock-a-thon fundraiser on Feb. 27. Teams, composed of four members each, will earn their pledges by keeping things moving back-and-forth in their chairs.

“(Last year) we found that everyone had a lot of fun,” said Amy McConnell, marketing director for Walden Village. “We think it’s a good cause. It affects a lot of people.”

The fundraiser brought in more than $1,300 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation in 2012. McConnell said the event is hoping to break the $2,000 mark this year.

“We’re very competitive,” said McConnell. “We want to best ourselves so we thought we’d give it another shot.”

Five teams competed in last year’s event, with the Kanata Seniors Council taking first place for most funds raised. This year, McConnell said she’s hoping more people will sign up.

So far, four teams have registered for the fundraiser, including the Kanata Seniors Council, the Kanata Legion, Walden Village management staff, and Walden Village residents.

“Anybody can take part; we’d love to have extra teams,” she said, adding it’s a great team-building exercise for businesses. “We encourage spectators as well. If anyone wants to come see this craziness happen it’s a pretty good show, let me tell you.”

Teams are also encouraged to dress up and create a theme, but she cautions about going with something too obvious.

“Anything but the Rockettes, because we had about three teams called that last year,” said McConnell, laughing.

Teams are invited to register for the Walden Village Heart and Stroke Rock-a-Thon or donate pledges. For more information, contact McConnell at or call 613-591-3991.

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