Bob Wludyka is a man who cares

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Show you care by purchasing a ticket before October 17 to help support Hospice Quinte

After a career with Canada Post spanning almost four decades, helping others seemed to be the natural choice for Bob Wludyka upon his retirement. “I wondered what I could do to make money for charities,” says Wludyka. “I enjoyed wood working so I started making things like clocks and doll houses to raffle. I am most proud of the doll houses. We raised around $80,000 for various charities from raffling nine doll houses.”

Bob’s first raffle in 1989 raised about $400 for the Salvation Army. Since then he estimates that he has helped raise approximately $250,000 for local charities. His latest raffle is in support of Hospice Quinte.

“Organizations like Hospice Quinte need to be there when people need them. Many organizations that provide great services are required to fundraise just to keep their doors open. Most people buy raffle tickets as an expression of support for the cause rather than winning a prize.”

However, many people would be thrilled to win the prize in Wludyka’s most recent raffle. He is raffling his own autographed Bobby Orr jersey from the 1976 Canada Cup, which was some of the legendary Orr’s best hockey. He was named MVP of the tournament and he retired shortly after.

“I had the jersey on my office wall for years, but my new office doesn’t have the space so I thought I should use the jersey to support charity.”

Other than covering the cost of printing tickets, all of the money raised goes to support the important work of Hospice Quinte. The $2 tickets can be purchased at the Dugout Restaurant located at 514 Dundas Street East in Belleville or by contacting Bob at 613-968-3874. The draw takes place on October 17 so be sure to call today!

“I love selling tickets and meeting people,” says Wludyka. “People want to help and buying a $2 ticket is an easy way to support a cause. Every dollar counts and every person should have the opportunity to help. This ensures services will be there when you need them and gives the community the chance to show its support for local services.

“Regardless of income, we can all help out in some way. If one person gives $100 or 100 people give $1, the result is the same. Sometimes donating money is the best way to help but sometimes what people really need is some food, a drive or companionship or even blood.  I could give the Canadian Blood Services $10,000, but it wouldn’t mean a darn thing if someone needed a pint of blood and they haven’t got it.”

Wludyka has an impressive list of volunteering and fundraising accomplishments including the 2017 Ruth Borrows Volunteer of the Year Award from Volunteer and Information Quinte.

Bob is truly a man who cares and is a living testament to the power of one. Show your support for Bob and Hospice Quinte by purchasing a ticket today and maybe that jersey can hang on your office wall.

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