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New fundraising event reaches out to younger givers in Guelph

In its first year, Royal Reach raised $30,000 for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Guelph
Mike Treadgold, left, holds a cheque for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Guelph valued at $30,000 with Royal Reach co-founders, Morgan Dundas, centre, and Christina Fitzgibbon.

A new event seeks to inspire the next generation of local givers after raising $30,000 for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Guelph.

On July 22, residents gathered at Cutten Fields for the first-ever event called Royal Reach in support of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Guelph.

A release said Royal Reach was born in an effort to give back to the local Guelph community by creating a platform that encourages and facilitates next generation philanthropic givers and community leaders. In its first year, the event was expected to raise over $25,000 and raised $30,000 instead. 

Mike Treadgold, executive director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, said the event has been a tremendous success in support of children and youth in our community.

“This event is the culmination of incredible hard work, kindness and a collective commitment to building community and drawing awareness to the value and impact of mentoring. Over the past three years, we know that youth who are facing adversities have been disproportionately affected by the challenges of the pandemic, but it is events like this that help build resilience, setting local children on a path to realize their full potential,” said Treadgold in the release. 

“On behalf of the staff, board of directors, volunteers and hundreds of families whom we support, I wish to express my most sincere thanks for the Royal Reach and its event partners for your support and belief in the work that we do.”

Royal Reach co-founders and event organizers, Christina Fitzgibbon and Morgan Dundas, said they couldn’t be happier with the community support they have received. 

Both mention Royal Reach will be an annual event with the next event planned for May 6th 2023. Royal Reach will be selecting a new local charity, which will be announced at a later date. 


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