It was a weekend in North Dundas when the community came together in different ways to help others.

The Knights of Columbus Council 11725 held their annual duck race in South Mountain. The event was sold out with tickets for 850 ducks sold.

The group has been doing this fundraiser for years, and the proceeds go right back into the community to the likes of the House of Lazarus and Winchester District Memorial Hospital, just to name two organizations that have benefited from the annual race.

On Saturday morning there was a Shop For Mom sale at the Winchester Lions Hall.

There was a commercial aspect to the sale, but alongside the opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their products was the chance for the community to support one of their own.

Cathy Burns, from South Mountain, an avid community volunteer has lost portions of both her legs as a result of medical issues. She is still recovering at the Ottawa Hospital waiting for her strength to return before she heads home.

Burns is going to need renovations made to her home as well as extensive rehabilitation, and that is going to be expensive. The Shop For Mom fundraiser was followed up with a benefit dance in honour of Burns at the Mountain Township Agriculture Hall in South Mountain organized by her friends.

On Sunday afternoon, the Dundas County Hospice held their annual Hike for Hospice event attracting 40 eager participants. The pledges the hikers brought with them go toward valuable and much appreciated programs.

The communities of North and South Dundas were there to show their support as were the many business sponsors who step up over and over again for these kinds of fundraising events.

In the rest of the world there are the usual conflicts, moral dilemmas, tragic drug overdoses, murder and mayhem, and political angst. But all of that didn’t reach Winchester or South Mountain, as the community, as it always does, came together to help their neighbours.

Not to make Dundas County appear to be some kind of paradise where nothing bad ever bad happens, it certainly is able to maintain a consistent level of respect for its agencies and individuals in trouble.

Every rural community in Ontario seems to be inoculated against the avalanche of negativity that sadly sweeps through urban areas on a weekly basis.

It makes you wonder if a small village is truly better off than a teeming urban centre?

And it makes the catch phrase, one size fits all, nothing but a convenient, lazy government concept and action used from time to time to solve a perceived social or organizational crises.

So, we are lucky to have the kind of caring social consciousness that we do.

That makes where you live better by far, and a happier place, too.

— J.M.