Goal: 1,000 women to raise million and build six Habitat for Humanity homes

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            Lafarge Canada Inc. contributes $50,000 in materials for Etobicoke project

GTA Construction Report staff writer

Lafarge Eastern Canada Inc. announced in September that it has joined the Habitat Women Build campaign in Toronto by donating 2,500 tons of aggregates, worth more than $50,000. The material was used to build six new houses for Etobicoke families in need, the company says.

In addition to the in-kind material donation, 25 Lafarge Eastern Canada women donated a combination of 200 volunteer hours for the Habitat Women Build project to help build the houses on Acme Cr. in Etobicoke.

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The Lafarge corporate contribution was part of an objective to raise $1 million to build the six homes, with 1,000 women raising a minimum of $500 each for Habitat for Humanity in the 11-day build between Sept. 18 and 28.

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“We are confident that with the continued efforts of all Women Build participants, we will reach our fundraising target by the end of September,” says Mary Heinmaa, vice-president of philanthropy for Habitat for Humanity Toronto. “We are proud to be partners in building safe and decent Habitat homes with Lafarge Canada. Since 2005, Lafarge has supported Habitat for Humanity through gift in kind donations, cash contributions and volunteer efforts.”

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“Taking part in projects that help building better cities and communities is an important part of our mission,” said Dale Hollingsworth, vice-president central aggregate, Lafarge Eastern Canada. “Habitat for Humanity is an incredible organization that shares similar values with Lafarge in their continuous efforts to provide affordable housing around the world. We are thrilled to participate – through volunteer hours, and in-kind donation of Lafarge materials – in this amazing community project that will enable local families to purchase well built and affordable houses.”

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“A well-built home starts with a well-built foundation,” says Wayne Dempsey, vice-president of construction at Habitat for Humanity Toronto. “By donating 100 per cent of our aggregate needs for both the Acme and Runnymede Road build sites, Lafarge Canada is helping Habitat Toronto provide more affordable home ownership opportunities for low-income families. Along with Lafarge Canada’s generous donation of building materials, they have also assembled a team of women to participate in Habitat Toronto’s 2013 Women Build this September. Together, our combined efforts will lay the groundwork for a better tomorrow.”

Several other corporate and media sponsors and supporters contributed to the project. See http://womenbuildtoronto.ca.

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