The Royal Canadian Legion #402 has been housed in the former armories building at 9 King Street East in Millbrook since 1970. Serving veterans, current and former members of the Canadian Forces and their families, the not-for-profit organization is also a significant contributor to the community, and not just on November 11th. They host a variety of social events including Bingo, Euchre and Dart clubs as well as monthly luncheons and pub nights open to all members of the community. They also rent out their hall and provide catering for private events. These activities and special events they host such as their Darts for Hearts tournament for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and their Bike Run for Wounded Warriors allow them to support selected charities with generous donations.
Their building is more than 100 years old and now requires repairs to its brick exterior. The wall is crumbling with loose bricks and mortar, particularly on the east wall facing the parking lot and around the front door. The situation is urgent, and after seeking multiple quotes for the repairs, the organization has contracted with G.D. Masonry to perform the necessary repairs, which are quoted to cost of $17,933 including hst.
They have been running a variety of fundraising events in order to secure financing for the entire project without exhausting their meager reserves, which have been hit by a series of capital expenditures to keep their kitchen functional. The rubber duck race on Canada Day raised $1000, and an agreement with Peterborough Speedway to sell 50-50 tickets is expected to raise another $5,000. With help from the township, they are reaching out to the province for access to some funding through the Trillium Grant program.
Their next fundraising is ticket sales for Delta Bingo for October 17 at 7:15 pm. Tickets cost $15.00 and holders receive $28.00 worth of product. They are available at the local branch weekday mornings or through any local Legion member. KG