Calgary Kinsmen step up to support local charity Hearts and Hammers
Published March 20,2016 in the Calgary Sun
It wasn’t long ago Dave Bonk had just a hammer and a dream.
Now Bonk’s Calgary non-profit Hearts and Hammers, which retrofits homes for people with life altering illnesses or injuries, is keeping the hammers humming throughout the year, and is getting some attention from other local service providers.
Last month, Hearts and Hammers received the Stampede City’s Kinsmen Club’s first Community Builder Award at its Community Heroes Gala, handing over a $50,000 cheque to further extend its work.
“It’s a huge step — I think it’s organization changing to get a donation this big,” said Bonk, the charity’s founder and board chairman.
“For me it’s also moving to have something that started with just one guy a few years ago to be noticed by something like the Kinsmen.”
When it began in 2012, the charity was only able to retrofit one home per year.
This year, they’re targeting four projects, two of which are in the initial stages, including a home renovation for a 12-year-old girl who suffered a gymnastics accident.
Mick Moore is the president of Stampede City Kinsmen, and said groups like Hearts and Hammers are exactly the types of movements the service club is happy to lend a helping hand, not just with money, but with time as well.
“The club was pretty excited to get behind what Hearts and Hammers is trying to do,” he said.
“We like to elevate smaller groups with a lot of potential who don’t necessarily have the visibility to get things going.”