CAW and Michael 'Pinball' Clemons Foundation Join Habitat for Humanity Grey Cup Project

September 21, 2007

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CAW And Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation Join Habitat For Humanity Grey Cup Project
CAW And Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation Join Habitat For Humanity Grey Cup Project
dated September 21, 2007

Toronto, Ontario
September 21, 2007

       The Canadian Auto Workers union has joined forces with the Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation to build a Habitat For Humanity home during Grey Cup 2007 week. Habitat For Humanity Toronto CEO Neil Hetherington announced the joint project in Toronto September 21.

Neil Hetherington
Habitat For Humanity Toronto CEO

       "Today we are going to raise a wall that will be put into the home that is being built at the Grey Cup and will be then transported to a new site. And one family will be raised out of poverty and into a new, simple and decent and affordable home."

       CAW National President Buzz Hargrove, Pinball Clemons along with Brad Waters of Grey Cup 2007 kicked off the project by nailing together the first wall of the home. Hargrove said the union has been involved in building Habitat For Humanity homes in other communities and this is part of its on-going commitment to social unionism.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "We really in our union spend a lot of time talking about not just the problems of our members and their families but the problems of the broader community. We believe that if you are going to have and strong safe society then it starts at the community level. You must have strong, vibrant, safe communities."

       Michael "Pinball" Clemons said his foundation was pleased to work with the CAW and the Habitat For Humanity.

Michael "Pinball" Clemons
Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation

       "The reason I am here and the Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation feels this is so important is because of my Mom and the commitment she made and how proud I saw her when she got her first home. The first home that was her house. She was so proud and there was such a joy and to be able to be a part of this is tremendous and this is something for us that is going to be on going."

       Hargrove said Pinball's team has always been active in helping the community but is facing another challenge as well.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "He has one more job left as we head into November 25th and that is to make sure that the Argo's are here along with the rest of us, not just celebrating and building this house that we look forward to. We are going to have some of our very skilled people who work in our union helping with the house for Habitat for Humanity but we also want to be here cheering on our team."

       Two CAW teams of skilled trades people, along with Argos' players and other celebrities will help build the home outside the Rogers Centre during the four days leading up to the Grey Cup on November 25th.

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