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Sherbrooke – Renald Dubé, president of the Sherbrooke blue-collar workers, presented a check for $5,700 to the Fondation Rock-Guertin, organizer of Paniers de l’espoir [Baskets of Hope]. Most of this donation was collected on September 19 at the annual golf tournament.In addition, on Monday night, a dozen union activists set up huge shelves that will be used to distribute the baskets on Friday, December 17.

Whether it’s been a good or a bad year, we always try to be there to lend a helping hand to citizens in need. This is the third consecutive year that we have been involved with the Fondation Rock-Guertin.Since 2008, our fundraising has been increasingly successful, and the tradition has become well established.It is an honour for us to be able to help the volunteers and I warmly congratulate them on the work they do.I also tip my hat to the sponsors and organizers of our golf tournament,” said Dubé.

This year, some 60 participants came to the golf tournament: members, spouses and retirees, along with a foursome from Montreal’s blue-collar union.Made possible through the sponsorship of some 60 local firms, the tournament raised $5,300, to which was added the $400 collected at the union’s summer barbecue, for a total of $5,700.In three years, the union has collected a total of $12,200 for the Fondation Rock-Guertin.

The approximately 400 Sherbrooke blue-collar workers are members of Local 2729 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).They work on the City’s roads, aqueducts and sewers, garbage collection, maintenance and signage, and in recreation centres, parks and ecocentres.They also include engineers, building engineers, arboriculturists, horticulturists, etc.