Hamburgers and hotdogs for good health at WDMH, courtesy of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry

Seen in image above: Hulse, Playfair, and McGarry employees serving up delicious hotdogs and hamburgers for donations to support the WDMH Foundation. (Left to right) Natasha Hodge, Pauline Scheepers, and Jean De Jong. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — Employees of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry Winchester, spent their lunch hour serving up hotdogs and hamburgers to passerby, all to raise money for the Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH).

Patrick McGarry, part owner of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry spoke very highly of his team member Natasha Hodge. “Natasha was the driving force behind this event. She was a lot of our muscle.”

McGarry explained why it was important for them support the hospital,” It is vital to support our hospital. It is so great having it right here in our community.”

“We just wanted people to see that we’re humans too and that we are kind people. We do what we do because we care.” said the Ottawa resident.

McGarry took it upon himself to personally deliver flyers up and down the streets of Winchester on Wednesday, in hopes of a great turnout to their inaugural barbecue.

Several members of the hospital foundation showed up to thank the business and show their support.

CEO of the foundation Cholly Bolland said, “The burgers are delicious, I just sampled them!”

The foundation’s newest member, Cindy Peters, was in attendance and explained how the Hulse, Playfair and McGarry employees had approached the foundation last Fall about doing some fundraising.

Peters further informed Nation Valley News that at the 100+ Women Who Care North Dundas event, Hodge told her that they wanted their future fundraising efforts to be directed to the fetal monitors which were the subject of the foundation’s pitch. At the May 10 affair, the Foundation placed third and received $2000 towards their $7,500 project.

Hodge insisted that they would help the foundation get closer to their $7,500 goal.

Peters hopes that other local businesses will be inspired by this generous act and take it upon themselves to give back to their community as well.

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