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A Note From Our President

Dear Relatives and Friends of the Alphonse Gerwing Charitable Foundation,
I want to wish you a blessed and peace-filled Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016. As we enter a new year it is time again to give a progress report on the Foundation.
Our Foundation is currently supporting three projects in north-east Brazil that Al was instrumental in forming and funding. These projects are:
- The School of Family Agriculture
- Grota de Alegria (Grotto of Joy)
- Education and Citizenship
- Rural Women and Fisherwomen of Alagoas
Some of the ongoing needs of these programs are as follows:
- Develop land for growing vegetables
- Install irrigation for growing crops
- Purchase farm equipment (planters, fertilizer applicators, wheelbarrows)
- Provide counselling, workshops and seminars for women and youth at risk of substance abuse, violence and prostitution
- Hold workshops on skill development to enhance employability
- Provide materials and training in music and sports activities
- Provide literacy and computer training
As you can see, there are many continuing needs in the projects that Al started. I encourage each of you to consider becoming part of the Foundation. Your donation adds to the principal value of the Foundation. The earnings are used to fund projects each year so all contributons continue to "give" year after year. If you are interested in making a donation please go to the "Donation" section on this website.
Last year, we announced the book launch of No Ordinary Man: The Memoirs of Alphonse Gerwing. At the encouragement of his relatives, Al began to write his memoirs a few years ago. However, his illness prevented him from completing the project.
Al's niece, Connie Gerwing agreed to take on the task of finishing and publishing the memoirs, and the book was released in the fall of 2015. If you would like a copy, it is available through the McNally Robinson website, or from the contact on the Al's Store section on this website. It is a most enjoyable, heartwarming and inspiring read. I strongly recommend it. We owe a debt of gratitude to Connie for the completion of this labour of love.

In September the "Rainbow of Hope For Children" celebraed their 40th anniversary. Rainbow of Hope is the organization that we send our donations to as they have direct contact with Al's ongoing projects in Brazil. To date, the Al Gerwing Foundation has donated over $200,000 to these projcts through Rainbow of Hope. We congratulate Rainbow of Hope and their driving force, George Bunz, for their dedication and solidarity with the poor.
In October we had the pleasure of hosting a benefit concert in Saskatoon for the Foundation. Henri Loiselle, a longtime friend of Al's and supporter of the Foundation, offered to entertain along with his multi-talented friend, Martin Janovsky. The concert was very well received and we thank Henri and Martin for their support.
Once again, best wishes to each of you. Thank you for your support of Al's Foundation. I encourage you to consider the Alphonse Gerwing Charitable Foundation as one of your 'charities of choice' for this coming year.

Steve Buttinger, Chairperson
Alphonse Gerwing Charitable Foundation

Our hope
As you know, the purpose of the Foundation is to keep Al’s projects (and memory) alive long into the future.
You can help
By contributing to the foundation, you can help to ensure that Al’s work will continue to make a difference in people’s lives.
“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you received- only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.”
- St. Francis of Assisi

You can make a donation by cheque or through any of the options listed on the Donations web page. Another option to consider is a "direct deposit". Direct deposit enables a donor to make a regular donation each month by having the donation transferred to the Foundation automatically. If you are interested in either of these options please contact our treasurer, Ted Gerwing at (306)374-9771 or by email at

Or you can use your credit card click the button below. To receive a receipt in the mail, please fill out the shipping address form on PayPal.

Donations can be made out to the Alphonse Gerwing Charitable Foundation and sent to 14 Harvard Cres., Saskatoon, SK., S7H 3R1
Foundation brochures can be downloaded from the Our Brochures pick on the web site. If you would like to receive more information, contact:
Ted Gerwing - Sec. Treasurer
1-306-374-9771 14 Harvard Cres., Saskatoon, SK., S7H 3R1 (306) 374-9771
Steve Buttinger - CEO
390 Waterloo Cr., Saskatoon, SK., S7H 4H6 (306) 374-3345
Charlie Matt/Vicki Gerwing (Web & Info)