Rain or shine, Durval Terceira will walk to raise money for the Renos for Heroes program on September 25th.
The coordinator of Local 1030 of Carpenters in Toronto has made the annual walk eight years in a row and this year hopes to raise more than $ 100,000 that the charity can use for initiatives such as home renovations to improve accessibility and convenience for injured service members. veterans and their families.
“I love doing this walk for Renos for Heroes because I think they are doing an amazing job for our soldiers,” he said. “I think it takes a special human being to defend our country… our values and sometimes give their lives for it.”
Over the past eight years, Terceira has driven approximately 1,200 kilometers for the organization, bringing in approximately $ 600,000.
“The first year we made $ 30,000 and we’ve raised $ 100,000 over the past three years.”
So far this year, he has received $ 10,000 each from three organizations, including the Interior Systems Contractors Association of Ontario, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, and the United Brotherhood of International Carpenters.
Usually Terceira’s annual walk is well over 100 kilometers (one walk was 260 kilometers), but due to the pandemic he limits this year’s walk to a one-day event and a distance of 20 kilometers.
Due to the current restrictions, he will invite everyone to walk with him virtually this year at their own pace and on their own route to help raise funds for the cause.
Whether or not COVID-19 is here next year, the 54-year-old will continue to make the annual event. Her long-term goal is to do a relay walk with other Ontario locals.
To sponsor Terceira, you can make a secure donation on the Renos for Heroes website at: https://www.renosforheroes.org/walkathon/