Contest asks local elementary students to consider the ‘Meaning of Home’

Grades 4, 5 and 6 eligible to enter event benefiting Habitat for Humanity Canada

CORNWALL — For the 11th consecutive year, Genworth Canada is asking students in grades 4, 5 and 6 to consider what home means to them.

Through the ‘Meaning of Home’ contest, students have the opportunity to share their stories, videos and poems in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada and local Habitats across the country, including Habitat for Humanity Cornwall & The Counties. The contest begins Oct. 10 and ends Nov. 30.

Genworth Canada awards the winning student a $50,000 donation towards a Habitat build of their choice, in addition to a $1,000 donation to their school.  To help Habitat for Humanity provide opportunities for families in need of safe, decent housing, there are 10 second place grants of $5,000 toward their local Habitat. In addition, Genworth will make a $10 donation, to local Habitats across the country, for every entry received.

A local student, River from St. Andrew’s West, was one of last year’s second place entrants. Her poem Meaning of Home impressed judges and River generously selected Habitat Cornwall & The Counties as the recipient of a $5,000 grant.

Last year’s Grade 5 winner, Bensen Wilmer, directed his winning charitable donation of $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit, where a Habitat home is currently being built. Future Habitat homeowners Tiivi and Caroline, who are also Inuit, will pay an affordable mortgage and volunteer 500 hours of their time as part of the program.

“The Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest encourages students to become engaged in the wellbeing of their community. Since this contest started in 2007, we’ve provided over $1,000,000 in funding to Habitat for Humanity across Canada, and we have helped to inspire over 45,000 students to learn more about the issue of affordable housing”, said Stuart Levings, President and CEO, Genworth Canada.

For more information on contest rules, or to submit an entry, visit www.meaningofhome.ca.  The contest winner and runners-up will be announced in February 2018.

 


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