St. Catharines, Ontario – The 2024 World Rowing Senior, Under 23, and Under 19 Championships (Mega Worlds) proudly announces a partnership with FEED Niagara, a local organization dedicated to stopping hunger in the Niagara Region through its network of 10 food banks.

This collaboration extends across multiple events leading up to and during the Championships, including the Barenaked Ladies Concert on April 25 and the Oar-some Summer Golf Tournament on June 21. At these events, attendees and participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the fight against hunger by donating non-perishable food items and financial support. FEED Niagara will play a central role in organizing these efforts, ensuring that every donation makes a meaningful impact in the community.

At the heart of this collaboration is the presence of FEED Niagara at the Mega Worlds Fan Festival during the Championships week. Taking place from August 21-24 at Rennie Park, the Mega Worlds Fan Festival in support of FEED Niagara will leverage the power of sport to drive positive social change, providing an opportunity for attendees to make a tangible difference while enjoying the excitement of the Championships. 

The opportunity to partner with the St. Catharines World Rowing Organization and Sport Niagara for the 2024 World Rowing Championships is very exciting.” said Paula Barrett, Manager of FEED Niagara.  “The World Rowing Championships and the events leading up to them, offer a great platform to spread awareness about food insecurity in Niagara and how it is impacting our neighbours”.

“As we gear up to host the Mega Worlds, we’re committed to making a difference in our community,” said Bill Schenck, Chair of St. Catharines World Rowing. “Partnering with FEED Niagara is our way of ensuring that the excitement of the championships isn’t just about the competition, but about coming together as a community to support those in need.”

In addition to our collaboration with FEED Niagara, we are grateful for the support of our community partners – FirstOntario, Alectra, and CAA Niagara. Their commitment to the event’s  Food Program demonstrates a shared dedication and commitment to creating a positive impact in the fight against hunger by promoting sustainable food practices and ensuring access to food for the members of our community. 

“Over the years, FirstOntario has been a proud supporter of international and national events that Niagara region has hosted and we’re looking forward to seeing some of the best rowers compete in this summer’s competition,” said Lloyd Smith, CEO, FirstOntario Credit Union. “What makes this partnership even more meaningful is the attention organizers have placed on addressing food insecurity in the region, which is a key focus area for our organization and we’re pleased to extend our involvement through this world class event.” 

About the 2024 World Rowing Championships

From August 18-25, 2024, St. Catharines is set to welcome the world for the 2024 World Rowing Senior, Under 23 and Under 19 Championships at the historic Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course. Known for its legacy in hosting major competitions, including two previous World Rowing Championships, the Henley Rowing Course will bring together 2,500 athletes from over 80 countries in what is the biggest and most important World Rowing event of the season.

About FEED Niagara

Hunger has many faces.  For some, yesterday’s full table doesn’t mean a full table today.  Feed Niagara is part of Ontario’s member network, providing resources & support to those in need. No one in Niagara should go hungry.  Collaboration and sharing partnerships with Niagara’s 10 member strong network allows FEED Niagara to share best practices and resources.  Developing approaches together allowing for a more efficient and streamlined delivery across the Niagara Region.  This is the first step in providing a united front of Feed Ontario Members within the Niagara Region knowing the demand is growing and our efforts must not be duplicated, but rather to complement and support one another.

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